Andrus likely out at least first four spring games
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas manager Jeff Banister believes in having his players knowing where they stand in the lineup so they can be prepared.
That's why Banister had the probable starting lineups for the Rangers for the first four games in the team's clubhouse.
One player missing from all four games was shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is continuing to deal with a sore left knee. Andrus had a sleeve on the knee Wednesday but that hasn't stopped him from working out with the team.
He took grounders Tuesday from a drawn-in infield position Tuesday and took more from a regular shortstop spot Wednesday. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the next step for Andrus is to work on his lateral movement.
"Being conservative when a guy's sore," manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm going to listen to our medical and I'm going to listen to Elvis and where he's at. I'm not going to let him talk me into putting him in the lineup. We'll make a decision with his opinion but more importantly with the medical staff and what we see."
Andrus said he felt fine Wednesday after taking batting practice and grounds balls and said if it were Opening Day he'd be in the lineup.
"I put too much work into this offseason to risk it now," Andrus said. "It's no big deal. It's getting better."