Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus doesn’t feel like he’s missing anything while he recuperates from a sore left knee. That’s because, except for a few early spring training games, he’s really not.
“I’m still doing everything, still hitting,” said Andrus, who won’t play in at least the Rangers’ first four Cactus League games. “It’s a long spring training.”
Andrus took full infield work Wednesday and Thursday as he continues to extend his lateral movement on the dirt
“I feel better,” he said. “If I keep feeling this way I think I’ll be ready to play next week. I don’t think missing four or five games is going to do something good or bad to me.”
In other injury news:
▪ RF Shin-Soo Choo was sent home (in Surprise) to rest with an upper respiratory infection and flu-like symptoms. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said it was not only to help Choo recover, but to also keep his teammates from getting sick,
▪ 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle) participated fully in Wednesday’s practice and is expected to play in a game early next week.
▪ LHP Derek Holland (sore shoulder) had no issues after doing long toss Wednesday. Holland said he expects to throw a bullpen session on Friday. Levine said Dr. Keith Meister will evaluate Holland before he makes his spring league debut.
▪ LHP Martin Perez resumed his throwing program Thursday after a scheduled four-day rest. He’s progressing to half-mound next Tuesday.
▪ LHP Michael Kirkman (throwing shoulder impingement) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and felt normal soreness.
▪ 1B Kyle Blanks (both Achilles) continues to progress towards seeing game action in the middle or late next week.
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