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Andrus' Hold On Shortstop Suddenly Feels Tenuous



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    Elvis Andrus is unable to catch the ball as Russell Martin slides safely into second base during the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALDS at Rogers Centre Oct. 14 in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

    You’re Elvis Andrus. And this morning, you’re feeling a bit uneasy.

    At least you should be.

    Rangers fans were already grumbling about the former All-Star and Gold Glove-caliber shortstop last year. And that was before his historically hideous two-error, one-misplay 7th inning in the season-ending playoff loss in Toronto.

    The declining player with the $118 million contract, shaky defense and increasingly harmless bat was in need of a long off-season hug.

    But just when Andrus arrived for spring training in Surprise, his psychological rehab met another obstacle. Or two. Namely, Jurickson Profar’s first-pitch homer off Cole Hamels. And the arrival of Ian Desmond.

    I know, I know. Profar will likely spend the season in the minors continuing his rehab from major shoulder problems and Desmond is changing positions to left field. Doesn’t change the fact that – over each shoulder – Andrus now has a competent replacement itching to take his spot in the infield.

    Maybe the pressure and threat of competition will motivate Andrus to re-boot his once remarkable defense that has in recent years grown pedestrian.

    Or maybe …

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.