ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers fields the ball hit by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals for an out in the eighth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
There hasn't been a much better player this spring for the Texas Rangers than 23-year-old shortstop Elvis Andrus.
After bulking up in the off-season, Andrus has been stroking the ball this spring with a batting average of .370 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.
On Tuesday, the Rangers got a minor scare when Andrus left the game against the Padres after one at-bat complaining of hip pain due to a tight hip flexor.
After the game, manager Ron Washington said Andrus just said he was sore and Washington didn't want to take any chances with his young shortstop and pulled him from the game. There was no concern about the hip from either party.
The plan going forward is to give Andrus the day off today before putting him back in the lineup on Thursday assuming everything is good to go with his hip. The regular season begins a week from Friday when the Rangers host the Chicago White Sox.