Andrus exited Wednesday's night game after taking a pitch to the right elbow, and after the game, the Rangers confirmed he has a possible fracture. You can see the video right here.
Here is the team's statement:
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Wednesday's game versus the Los Angeles Angels after being hit on the right elbow by a Keynan Middleton pitch in the ninth inning. Initial x-rays and examination by Rangers Team Physician Keith Meister done at Globe Life Park in Arlington indicate the probability of a fracture in the elbow.
Andrus' elbow was put in a splint and he will undergo additional x-rays and a CT scan on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury and the course of recovery.
Andrus, now 29, made his MLB debut as a 20-year-old on Opening Day 2009, and he played at least 145 games every year from 2009-17. Here are the games played leaders since Opening Day 2009:
- Robinson Cano: 1,433
- Elvis Andrus: 1,391
- Nick Markakis: 1,384
- Ichiro Suzuki: 1,363
- Miguel Cabrera & Andrew McCutchen: 1,355
Assuming he misses several weeks (if not months), the timing of the injury is bad for both the Rangers and Andrus. The team is 4-10 after losing Wednesday's game (LAA 7, TEX 2) and it already has an uphill climb ahead to reach the postseason. . Now Texas won't have their starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.
As for Andrus, he can opt out of the final four years and $59 million remaining on his contract after the season. He had the best offensive season of his career last year, hitting .297/.337/.471 (108 OPS+) with 20 home runs, and he got off to a great start this year, hitting .347/.429/.531 (165 OPS+) in the team's first 13 games.
Surely Andrus was hoping to build on last year and his great start and test free agency after the season. Now that opt-out decision suddenly got more complicated.