Rangers manager Chris Woodward discussed the possibility of Andrus (back) being a utility infielder in 2021, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers are stuck with Andrus' hefty contract through the end of the 2022 season, and they've signaled potential changes at middle infield. "That would be a challenge, especially since he's never played another position," Woodward said about a shift to utility infielder. "I think, honestly, the biggest thing will be the second base one, if that's where we go, just because it's a different -- it's on the other side of the field. Third base is very similar, you're just a little more pull." Anderson Tejeda has received all the starts at shortstop since Andrus landed on the injured list, although the jury is still out on his ability to make the jump from High-A to MLB as an everyday starter. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is an option, but that would leave a hole at third base. Woodward and the Rangers will need to figure it out next spring, but he is adamant that Andrus will need to earn the spot. There's also an impressive list of free-agent shortstops due after the 2021 season, including Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager and Trevor Story, which could factor into the decision.
Andrus was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained back Saturday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus had already been losing playing time to Anderson Tejeda thanks to the Rangers' struggles and his own .580 OPS. It's now possible that he's already played his final game of the season, as there will only be five games left when he's first eligible to return Sept. 23. Sherten Apostel was called up in a corresponding move.
Andrus went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 10-6 loss to the Athletics on Friday.
Andrus has now homered in back-to-back games, raising his average to a still-disappointing .190. In the midst of an eight-year, $120 million deal, Andrus has never hit below .256.
Andrus went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a win over the Angels on Tuesday.
Andrus got the Rangers on the board in the second inning, launching a 415-foot homer to left field off Los Angeles starter Andrew Heaney. It was a rare bright spot in what has been a difficult season for Andrus, who is slashing a meager .177/.240/.292 over 104 plate appearances.
Andrus started at shortstop and went 0-for-4 in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Mariners.
Andrus returned to the lineup after sitting out two games but the results were the same. Manager Chris Woodward said Andrus, who has a .510 OPS, is no longer an everyday starter, so expect to see more of Anderson Tejeda and Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop through the end of the season.
The Rangers will be taking longer looks at younger talent and are moving away from Andrus and Rougned Odor (eye) in the middle infield, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The club has been moving in this direction for the past 18 months, but this frustrating season is forcing the Rangers to change focus. One play Friday sealed the deal on Andrus, and Anderson Tejeda started at shortstop Saturday and Sunday. Andrus failed to get to a grounder that resulted in a run in Friday's loss. The batted ball left the bat at 81 MPH and had an expected batting average of .130, but Andrus failed to track it down. "That's a play that you would expect a shortstop to make, especially at this level," manager Chris Woodward said. "He didn't really say much about it after, but I kind of had a feeling; obviously we can all kind of see if there is some lower-back issue there. But he hasn't really performed to the level that we would expect or he would expect. I want to see Tejeda play. I want to see what we have." The Rangers have lost 17 out of 20, so the organization is focused on developing its talent for the next competitive window.
Andrus isn't starting Saturday against the Mariners.
Andrus has gone just 2-for-13 with one home run, two RBI and two strikeouts in four games since returning from the injured list. He'll get a breather with Anderson Tejeda starting at shortstop.
Andrus is being challenged by manager Chris Woodward to be more productive offensively, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Astros, but prior to that at-bat, he'd hit three meek grounders, two of which ended in double plays. Andrus, who has the fifth lowest OPS (.680) over the last three seasons among hitters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, has been resistant to the statistical analysis the Rangers have offered and laments the increasing reliance on metrics in baseball as a whole. "The toughest thing for me is to not to believe my instincts during the game and to actually believe more in a piece of paper, or report," he said. "That's where the game is right now. I think that's what I've been a little hard-headed about." Woodward, a statistically-inclined manager, has given the 12-year veteran data that indicates opposing pitchers know his power zones, and they avoid them when pitching to him. As a result, Andrus has chased or taken defensive swings and experienced an offensive decline. Texas could decide to move on from Andrus and has candidates such as Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Anderson Tejeda ready to fill in.
Andrus went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a victory over Houston on Tuesday.
In his first game since returning from a stint on the injured list, Andrus came up big with a solo shot to left field off Astros closer Ryan Pressly in the ninth inning to help send the game to extras. The clutch homer was a rare highlight for Andrus in what has been a difficult season. He is hitting a paltry .188 overall, and Tuesday's long ball was his first of 2020.
Andrus (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus had a relatively short stay on the injured list as he dealt with a lower-back strain. He'll return as the starting shortstop despite his struggles at the plate to begin the season. Isiah Kiner-Falefa should move back to third base. Rougned Odor (eye) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward confirmed that Andrus (back) will return as the starting shortstop, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus is expected to be activated from the injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Astros. With the Rangers at 12-21, it's fair to wonder if they'll go forward with veterans, but the manger confirmed both Andrus and Rougned Odor (eye) will start when healthy. Isiah Kiner-Falefa has filled for Andrus and has more than a 200-point advantage in OPS, but he should go back to third base. The manager could eventually alter his strategy, but Andrus and his .494 OPS will return as a starter.
Andrus (back) is expected to be activated from the injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Astros, Sam Blum and Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News report.
Andrus has been on the IL since Aug. 20 with a lower-back strain. Prior to the injury, he had a .494 OPS with just three RBI in 21 games. Andrus is expected to resume a role as the starting shortstop, but the Rangers will be sellers at the trade deadline and could start looking at younger talent the rest of the season.
Andrus (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Andrus has dealt with a lower-back strain in recent days that has kept him out of the starting lineup for four consecutive games. He appeared as a defensive replacement Wednesday, but he won't be available for at least 10 days while he recovers. Yadiel Rivera was recalled in a corresponding move, and he should serve as depth behind Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop while Andrus is sidelined.
Andrus (back) isn't in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Andrus entered Wednesday's game as a pinch runner and played two innings at shortstop, but he'll be out of the starting nine for the fourth consecutive game. However, his usage Wednesday would suggest that he could be available off the bench Thursday. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will shift to shortstop in Andrus' absence.
Andrus (back) entered Wednesday's game as a pinch runner and played two innings at shortstop.
Andrus was held out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game Wednesday, but his appearance late in the game as both a runner and fielder suggests his return is imminent. If he does start Thursday's series finale, the resulting domino effect on the lineup will likely be Isiah Kiner-Falefa shifting from shortstop to third base and Todd Frazier from third to first base.
Andrus (back) isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Andrus will be sidelined for a third consecutive game as he continues to deal with a stiff lower back. The Rangers appear to be trying to avoid placing him on the injured list, but the team doesn't have much depth at shortstop. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will take over at shortstop Wednesday.
Andrus has been absent from the Rangers' lineup for the last two games due to a stiff lower back, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Andrus hasn't been placed on the injured list, so the Rangers presumably believe he'll be back in the lineup soon. Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been starting at shortstop in his absence.
Andrus will sit for the second straight game Tuesday against the Padres.
There haven't been any indications that Andrus is injured, though it's a surprise to see him sit twice in a row after starting each of the season's first 20 games. It's certainly possible he's sitting for performance reasons, as he owns a .494 OPS on the year. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will be the shortstop for the second straight game Tuesday.
Andrus isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.
Andrus was dropped in the batting order Sunday in the midst of a cold start to the season, but he'll retreat to the bench Monday. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will shift to shortstop for the series opener against the Padres.
Andrus will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Rockies.
Manager Chris Woodward's patience with Andrus appears to be wearing thin amid the veteran's slow start to the season. Andrus, who is sporting a .480 OPS through 78 plate appearances, will occupy a spot in the bottom third of the lineup for the seventh game in a row. He's unlikely to rise back up in the order until he can put together at least a few quality hitting performances in a row.
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