Elvis Andrus SS TEX 3 weeks ago

Andrus is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Andrus has gotten off to an excellent start to the season, batting .357 through eight games, but he'll get the day off Wednesday regardless. Hanser Alberto will take his spot at shortstop and bat eighth.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 3 weeks ago

Andrus went 3-for-4 with his first double of the season, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 8-0 shellacking of the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Andrus' .387 OBP would set a new career high, which makes it all the more frustrating that the speedy Venezuelan is yet to nab a steal on three attempts after topping 20 in each of his first seven MLB campaigns. He's making up for it by contributing elsewhere for now, but history and his place in the bottom third of the Texas batting order suggest there's a ceiling on the 27-year-old's production.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 1 month ago

Andrus is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He started the season 2-for-6 with a RBI, a walk and a strikeout. This seems a little early in the year for Andrus to be getting the day off, but Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop and hit ninth, nonetheless.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 2 months ago

Andrus (illness) returned to action Friday, going 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout against Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was the latest in Rangers camp to be bit by the flu bug, but Andrus was right back in the lineup a day after being sent home. At 27 years old, Andrus already has 4635 plate appearances under his belt in the majors and may not have another level to his game, but he's been very durable and a consistent stolen base contributor from the shortstop position.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 2 months ago

Andrus left camp Thursday with an illness, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Illnesses have been going around spring training camps like wildfire, and Andrus and Josh Hamilton became the most recent victims. That being said, they should be able to return to camp within the next few days barring any extraneous circumstances.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 2 months ago

Andrus has been assured that the signing of Ian Desmond won't impact Andrus' status as the starting shortshop, the team's web site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Desmond is being brought in to play left field, at least initially, and Andrus was assured by general manager Jon Daniels that Andrus' spot as the starting shortstop is secure. There shouldn't be any impact to Andrus' fantasy value here.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 7 months ago

Andrus went 3-for-4 Saturday with a walk, a double, two runs scored and his 25th stolen base of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's hit the afterburners in October, swiping four bags on five attempts in his last three games as the Rangers try to clinch the AL West. Andrus has had another quiet season at the plate, but at least he's managed to steal at least 25 bases for the third straight season and sixth time in his seven season career.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 7 months ago

Andrus went 2-for-4 with a double and two-run homer in Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Athletics.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The home run was Andrus' first since Aug. 19, and fourth of the season against left-handed pitching. Andrus has been a mainstay in Texas' lineup -- drawing at least 600 at-bats in each of the last six seasons -- but has posted disappointing batting average and stolen base totals of late. The 27-year-old makes contact at an excellent rate, but doesn't draw many walks or provide enough speed to make up for his non-existent power.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 8 months ago

Andrus went 0-for-3 on Thursday, but drew a walk, stole two bases and scored a run against the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The shortstop's now hit 20 steals for the seventh consecutive season to open his career, but as they have the last few years, his hitting numbers have lagged thanks to a near-total lack of power. It's hard to shake the feeling that Andrus -- a very good contact hitter -- should be better than this, but he's been very consistently unproductive with the bat for the last three seasons. He's also not a particularly good base stealer, having been caught eight times this year and 15 times in 42 tries last year.

Elvis Andrus SS TEX 8 months ago

Andrus went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With only 16 steals on the season, Andrus is set to finish with the lowest total of his career in the category since 2012, when he swiped 21 bags. However, he's at least shown some more activity as a runner in the last week, claiming five of those 16 steals in the past seven games.