Rangers notes: Elvis Andrus will miss opener at Oakland

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Elvis Andrus sat out Sunday, and will be out again Monday when the Texas Rangers open a pivotal three-game series against the A’s in Oakland.

Andrus is dealing with lower back tightness, which forced him out of Saturday’s game in the first inning. Andrus said it doesn’t bother him when he swings, but he feels it running and bending over.

Andrus woke up stiff Sunday morning and hoped that treatment throughout the day would help him. But a postgame flight to the Bay Area wouldn’t help matters, and manager Ron Washington said he expected to sit Andrus again Monday..

Asked if he could be ready for the Oakland series, Andrus said: “I don’t know. I’m going to rush it as much as I can, but I want to be healthy out there. I haven’t been 100 percent since the second day of the season, but at least I’ve been 80 percent.”

Andrus has dealt with back issues before, and said he isn’t too concerned about it. It might keep him out a few games, but it is not expected to sideline him for an extended period of time.

But the Rangers will be patient with Andrus, a key piece to the team. He has had an up-and-down season at the plate, but turned it around in August, batting .303 with 16 RBIs in 27 games.

“We’re not worried about the importance of a series, we’re worried about the importance of the players who have to play in that series,” Washington said. “We want Elvis, but it’s whenever he’s ready to go.”

Jurickson Profar filled in at shortstop and batted second for Andrus on Sunday.

Adduci realizes dream

Jim Adduci didn’t have to wait long to make his big league debut. The career minor leaguer saw his name in Ron Washington’s lineup card, batting sixth and playing left field.

Adduci, 28, was a 42nd-round pick by the Marlins in 2003 and had spent the past 10 seasons in the minor leagues —889 games before reaching the big leagues.

“It’s been totally worth it,” said Adduci, who singled in his first at-bat in the majors. “It’s just a belief when you’re a kid and you want to accomplish a goal. When you set your sights on something, sometimes there’s some stuff that doesn’t go your way. You’ve got to keep pushing and that’s kind of how I felt.”

Adduci had his contract purchased from Triple A Round Rock after batting .298 with 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 65 RBIs and 32 stolen bases this season. He batted .383 in August for the Express.

Adduci was one of seven players added as rosters expanded Sunday.

Lance Berkman, Nick Tepesch, Michael Kirkman and Neftali Feliz were activated off the disabled list, and Cory Burns and Robinson Chirinos were recalled from Round Rock.

The Rangers cleared two spots on the 40-man roster by releasing right-hander Justin Miller and designating outfielder Joe Benson for assignment.

Facing Oakland

The Rangers went 8-11 against the A’s last season. This year, they are 8-5 and have won six of the last seven meetings against their division rival.

In fact, the Rangers have played significantly better within their division compared with last year. They went 27-30 against division foes in 2012; this year they are 44-16, the best intradivision record in baseball.

“If we play our game, I’ll take it,” Ron Washington said. “I don’t care who we’re playing.”

Starter Derek Holland looks to continue that trend Monday when he starts the series opener against the A’s. He has gone 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts against the A’s this season, both at O.co Coliseum.

“We do have the lead in the division right now, and we just have to go out and play our game,” Holland said. “I’m not going to put any more pressure on myself or treat the game different. Just pitch like I did last time.”

Briefly

• Ron Washington said the Rangers would add a couple more players once Round Rock’s season ends on Monday. Ross Wolf, who spent the majority of the season as the team’s long man, will return, and the team could also add another position player.

• Nick Tepesch on going to a bullpen role: “It’s not really different other than I’ve just got to be ready to pitch when I’m called upon.”

• Rangers infield prospect Joey Gallo had two home runs Saturday, which gives him 40 for the season. He’s the first teenager with 40 or more homers since Dick Simpson hit 42 with Class C San Jose in the Cal League in 1962. Gallo is also one homer shy of the Rangers’ farm record of 41 set by Triple A Spokane’s Tom Robson in 1974.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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