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2 rehab games, 2 postgame meals. Which restaurants did Andrus enlist to spoil Frisco?

Elvis Andrus was expected to return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup Saturday after nursing a hamstring injury the past 10 days, during which time the Rangers lost only once without him.

“I noticed that,” Andrus said. “Vacation is over. I feel great. My legs feel fine. I feel like nothing happened, so that was a good thing.

He passed the final tests Friday at Angel Stadium after two games playing with Double A Frisco. He went 1 for 6, and the one hit was a home run. He wanted to see some live pitching, and Dr Pepper Ballpark isn’t all that far away from his home.

It made sense, even if he took a hit in the pocket book.

Big-league tradition calls for rehabbing veterans to by the postgame meal. The tradition also calls for something a bit more savory than Burger King.

Andrus, who is making $15 million this season, spared no expense — Capital Grille and Gloria’s.

That sure beats PB&Js.

“Every day, man,” Andrus said. “You have to spoil them, and they’ve been playing good.”

The Rangers cleared a roster spot for Andrus late Friday be sending Delino DeShields to Triple-A Nashville.

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