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Rangers shut down shortstop Elvis Andrus from throwing

Mar 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is finally cleared to play defense after missing time with a shoulder injury, but now shortstop Elvis Andrus has been shut down with elbow problems for the second time this month.

Andrus will take at least a few games off and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that he’ll be examined Friday by team doctors. For now Andrus insists it’s a minor injury, but the Rangers are obviously a little more worried about it.

If it proves to be a significant injury the Rangers could shift Profar to shortstop–which is where he played while coming up through the minors as an elite prospect–but there’s no obvious in-house option to take over at second base unless they really want to rush 20-year-old top prospect Rougned Odor to the big leagues.

Another option could be making a late run at unsigned free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but it’s probably not worth speculating about that too much until there’s an official word on Andrus’ status. Texas traded longtime second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit in the Prince Fielder deal in large part because Andrus is signed long term and Profar was waiting in the wings.

  1. sportsfan18 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    What to do when kids can’t stay healthy?

    Wouldn’t it be funny if big old Prince remains healthy all yr down in the TX heat and the kids go in and out of the lineup?

    • seeinred87 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Why would that be funny? Prince hasn’t missed a game since September of 2010 (and it was the only game he missed that season or the season before).

  2. whittle79 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I like prince. He will be great in Texas. Beltre will do to prince what prince did to miggy.
    Fielder AL MVP finalists

  3. weaselpuppy - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Beltre will do to Prince what Avisail Garcia did to Prince.

  4. mikhelb - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    And thus the curse of the Kinsler-ino has begineth.

  5. kevinbnyc - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Please rush Rougned Odor into the majors. What a wonderful name.

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