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Elvis Andrus day-to-day after leaving game with lower back tightness

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A back issue forced Elvis Andrus out of Saturday's win over the Twins.
A back issue forced Elvis Andrus out of Saturday's win over the Twins. (USATSI)

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Shortstop Elvis Andrus left Saturday night's game with tightness in his lower back, the Rangers announced. He is listed as day-to-day and the injury is not believed to be serious. The team took him out as a precaution.

Andrus, 25, pulled up limping while going first-to-third on a single in the very first inning of Saturday's game. He walked off the field under his own power. Andrus has never been on the DL and he's never played fewer than 145 games in any of his four full big league seasons.

In 131 games prior to Saturday, Andrus was hitting a .262/.323/.314 with one home run and 35 stolen bases. That works out to career-low 74 OPS+. He has been much more productive since the All-Star break though, hitting .310/.376/.394 (119 OPS+) in the second half.

At 76-56, the Rangers have a 2.5-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West following Saturday's win. They can afford to play it safe with their shortstop, especially after he signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension over the winter.

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