Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus got a rare night off on Wednesday, and he’ll get another tonight--though tonight, all of the Rangers are getting the night off, as it’s a night off--in hopes that he’ll return refreshed after developing what manager Ron Washington calls “mental fatigue.”
“You can see he needs a break,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “The defensive lapses he's had have been because he's mentally fatigued.”
Andrus last got a day off on April 12, and from the sound of things, he too thinks he could use a bit of respite before getting on with the grind of a 162-game season. Texas has a day off on Thursday, meaning he’ll have a rarely precedented two days off in a row.
“When you play hard every game, sometimes you get mentally tired,'' Andrus said. “One day off will be good. Two days off will be like vacation. I'll come back Friday (at the Los Angeles Angels) ready to play.”