Through his first eight seasons in the majors, Elvis Andrus' speed, contact skills and prominent presence in traditionally potent Rangers lineups made him a bankable three-category asset. The same held true in 2017 with Andrus hitting .297, stealing 25 bases and scoring 100 runs, but it was the shortstop's emergence as a slugger that elevated him to the top tier at his position. Andrus first teased a power breakout in the second half of 2016 with a strong .148 ISO, but kept it up last season by parlaying a 30.5 percent hard-hit rate (six points above his career mark) into 68 extra-base hits, good for second among all shortstops. With Andrus at the peak of the aging curve, there's reason to believe he'll maintain the newfound pop for a couple more years, which would help compensate for any decline in baserunning. Given Andrus' track record of durability, however, he may be more immune to the sudden crash in steals many speed merchants endure around his age.
Andrus reported feeling good after his first spring action Friday, Dave Sessions of MLB.com reports. Andrus, who did not play Saturday, missed the first week of games due to back spasms. He should begin to play regularly soon, per assistant general manager Jayce Tingler.
Andrus (back) is in the lineup Friday for the first time this spring, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Andrus had been sidelined with back spasms since the start of camp. He should have plenty of time to get his at-bats in and get up to speed by the time the season starts, so there should be little concern about him going forward.
Andrus (back) said he expects to participate in Friday's workout, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Andrus has been sidelined since Tuesday with back spasms, but he's set to return to action after taking a few days to rest. The 29-year-old admitted the issue bothers him every spring, so there shouldn't be too much concern regarding his status moving forward.
Andrus will not participate in any workouts Wednesday as he continues to deal with back spasms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Andrus blamed the issue on the cold weather and admitted that he battles this problem every spring. There shouldn't be too much concern regarding his status, but the team will likely be cautious with the 29-year-old for the time being.
Andrus cut his morning workout short Tuesday due to back spasms, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Andrus missed out on some defensive drills as a result. It's unclear if the issue will keep him sidelined for any Cactus League action, but the Rangers will likely proceed cautiously with their stud shortstop given how early it is in camp.
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