Elvis Andrus turned the critical seventh-inning double play Tuesday night by charging a Marcus Semien roller, stepping on second base and throwing a fastball to first base.
It was the type of throw Andrus couldn’t have made a year ago after being plagued by elbow soreness.
It was a positive sign that the shortstop is ready to have the kind of year defensively that is expected of him. But that has been his lone highlight, and it has been lost in four errors in the first three games.
There’s no panic from Andrus, who admits that the first three games were “tough” defensively. But Andrus also believes he has had some bad early luck, including a questionable ruling from the official scorer on his first of two errors Wednesday.
“It’s just been a few unlucky days for me,” said Andrus, who entered Thursday with a ridiculously low .765 fielding percentage. “All around I feel really well taking ground balls and throwing to first base.”
Manager Jeff Banister said during spring training that Andrus can play Gold Glove-caliber defense. Three shaky games haven’t swayed that opinion.
“He’s going to be better,” Banister said. “He is better. We’re going to continue to work at it, and I know he is going to continue to work at it. He’ll find the rhythm of his defense.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760