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“Elaborate tattoo” keeps Elvis Andrus out of Rangers lineup

Feb 28, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

And the weird spring training injuries roll on …

I’m not sure if that beats Joel Peralta‘s sandwich-related injury, but it’s damn close.

UPDATE: Andrus posted a picture of the tattoo, which is of his late father:


  1. illadelphiasphinest - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Really Elvis….. you couldn’t have gotten the “elaborate tattoo” before spring training started in say those 4-5 months you were chillin at home doing nothing. Guess not.. Must have been to busy going on vacations and stuff. Kids……

    • paperlions - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Maybe there is a tattoo artist in AZ whose work he really digs.

      • Ralph - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Yeah, poor guy probably couldn’t afford a plane ticket to go to AZ in the offseason.

      • illadelphiasphinest - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        He had 4-5 months before spring training began to get it done. Thats a lame excuse.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      let me guess, you are the guy who has 100 sick days in the bank and
      your co-workers hate you because you pass your germs on to them.
      you are a really nice guy.

      with a name like Elvis, he can do what he get his tats anytime he likes.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      leave Elvis alone, I bet you have like 100 sick days saved up, don’t be
      mad he used one of his.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        he’s coming off of like 120 vacation days.

  2. beefytrout - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    This is dumb from both sides. As a ballplayer, getting a tattoo during Spring Training is dumb because they do leave you sore and you can’t perform. As a tattoo enthusiast, getting one during ST is dumb because you’re frequently doing about 10 things to keep the tattoo from healing properly.

    And for those who would say that getting a tattoo is dumb across the board, it’s 2013. Time to realize they’re not that big of a deal.

    • number42is1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      i would LOVE to get a tattoo… but then i cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery which honestly is the only thing holding me back .

      • beefytrout - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Internet fist bump.

      • rabbirosenberg - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Well then, go ahead. I’m here to tell you that you can absolutely get buried in a Jewish cemetery (well, most of them) with a tattoo. Tattoos are forbidden in Judaism, but the idea that getting one keeps you out of a cemetery is mostly an Urban Myth.

        Sorry for the non-baseball aside, but don’t forget that the Torah begins with the words, “In The Big Inning…”

      • paperlions - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Wait a second, is that where the intro monologue “In the Beginning” from Shout at the Devil comes from?

      • neelyisgod - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Thats beautiful! What a Motley bunch this is

    • anxovies - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Does that mean that in 2013, we have more morons than we used to?

      • beefytrout - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:13 AM

        You must not spend a lot of time on the internet.

  3. drewzducks - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Still doesn’t top the Glenallen Hill spider incident from the 90’s.

  4. crispybasil - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Can’t wait to see how awful the tattoo is.

  5. zzalapski - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Guess he was elsewhere when Beltre was telling his story about how he finished a 14-inning game in 2009 with a torn nutsack.

    • tkbman - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I hurt just watching him power through that injury. Guy’s a beast!

  6. tkbman - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Could be worse. He could have quit smokeless tobacco in the middle of a pennant race. But then again, what kind of complete idiot would think that was a good idea?

  7. magzalez - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’m pretty sure, if that’s his dad, that his dad is Dan Marino.

    • tcb2nyc - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Thought it was Tony Oliva.

  8. bluesnats - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Are there enough games left for him to make up those two lost at bats?

  9. kurtstallings - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Remember when this same thing happened to Hank Aaron? Good times; good times.

  10. unlost1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM


    • historiophiliac - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM


      Matt Kemp’s grandparents. mmmmmmm

  11. neelyisgod - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    No way in hell did all of that get done in 1 day. I’m sleeved and it took 6 sittings and 21 hours over 3 months. A half sleeve with a portrait is 10 hours minimum and any decent artist will only let their customer sit for 5 max. And the side of the biceps is tough skin and shouldnt cause any problems, get to the back down near the elbow or inside by the armpit and miss a day of practice is understandable if it’s done that day.

    Not bad work though, has a little too much going on with it IMO but it’s meaningful to him so who cares.

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