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Elvis Andrus yanked from game for lack of effort

Jun 12, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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Rangers manager Ron Washington pulled shortstop Elvis Andrus from Sunday’s loss to the Twins after the youngster made what looked like a lazy throw on a grounder in the bottom of the eighth.

“I didn’t like his attitude,” Washington told the Dallas Morning News. “The inning before there were a couple of plays he didn’t make, but he gave the effort. There are going to be plays that you can’t make. On that play, there wasn’t energy. Elvis is better than that. I didn’t chew him out, but I let him know that.”

The errant throw resulted in Andrus’ second error of the game.  The previous error in the seventh contributed to five unearned runs, and Andrus had a second ball that he failed to get to as part of that big inning for the Twins.

“I was still a little upset, I think about the inning before,” Andrus said. “I got upset with myself and I think that was still bothering me because I didn’t help the pitcher out. But things happen. There is no excuse. There’s nothing really that I can say about it.”

It doesn’t sound like the incident will put Andrus back on the bench Tuesday against the Yankees.  He has been awfully error prone this season, with 13 miscues already, but he’s also made a lot of great plays and the Rangers are pretty happy with how he’s contributing offensively. Hopefully this will end up being just a one-time thing.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    I see no problem with what Washington did. I thought Girardi should have pulled Robinson Cano after a pair of half-assed attempts against the Red Sox allowed two errant Cervelli throws make it out into center field and advance the runners. There is no accountability on the Yankees though- too many “Superstars”

  2. raysfan1 - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Pro athletes need to know how privileged they are and realize the $$$ they make requires full effort every game/play. I realize some days you just don’t play as well as others, but there’s no excuse for lack of effort. If Washington really believes the player is intentionally dogging it, then it should be an indefinite suspension until the manager is convinced it won’t happen again.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Could not have said it better than my distinguished fellow commenters Raysfan1 and Death.

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