More progress for Rangers’ Andrus

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The troublesome left knee for Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus continued to improve Thursday and he hopes to be in games next week.

Andrus did all of his work in the field and also took live batting practice Thursday morning for the first time since pain in his knee cropped up over the weekend.

"Hopefully I’ll be ready to play next week," Andrus said. "It’s a long spring training and I’m still doing everything. I don’t think missing four or five games is going to do something bad to me."

Left-hander Derek Holland is also close to returning to the mound. He could throw a bullpen Friday but will first get checked out by team doctor Keith Meister, who will be in camp Friday.

Left-hander Martin Perez will take another step in his rehab from Tommy John surgery next week as he’s scheduled to throw off a half mound Tuesday.

The only new addition to the team’s injury report Thursday was a minor one as Shin-Soo Choo was sent home with an upper respiratory infection. Choo wasn’t scheduled to play in Thursday’s game.