Rangers’ Andrus sits day after exiting game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus was out of the lineup Sunday one night after exiting the game with tightness in his lower back.

Andrus left in the first inning Saturday after running from first to third. He said his back doesn’t hurt when he swings but he feels it running and when he tries to bend over.

He said after Sunday’s 4-2 loss that he back was feeling better.

“I want to healthy out there,” Andrus said. “I haven’t been 100 percent since the second game of the season. At least at 80 percent that works.”

Texas manager Ron Washington is playing it safe with Andrus. He said he doesn’t expect him to play in Monday’s game against Oakland but it hopeful he’ll be ready to go Tuesday.

Andrus, who watched Sunday’s game with ice on his back while wearing a hoodie in the sweltering heat, is focusing on his rehab.

“I don’t think it’s that bad,” Andrus said. “I know what I have to do. The main thing is going to be trying to get it strong in that part of my body. That way I won’t have to worry.”