Last Call from the Desert…Elvis Andrus
Jackie Moore 10, Bobby Jones 4 in the Intrasquad
“Yesterday I felt rusty but that’s what these (intrasquad) games are for…to knock the rust off.”
Shortstop Elvis Andrus joked that he wanted to leave all his errors in Spring Training. He’s off to a good start. Andrus had a throwing error in the first inning in Wednesday’s intrasquad, giving him two defensive mishaps in two days.
Matt Harrison was on the mound but still got through his one inning without giving up the run.
“I’m not worried about Elvis, he’s going to make those plays,” Harrison said.
Andrus just wants to get finished with intrasquad games. He doesn’t like them and Wednesday’s game was played on a cold, overcast and windy day. Morning rains made it doubtful the game would be even played but the Rangers went through with it when the weather started clearing late in the morning.
“I don’t have too much fun in these games,” Andrus said. “We were all wondering if we were going to play. That weather was the worst kind to play in. I just wanted to be home and in bed.”
October weather can be cold, overcast and windy too.
“Come on, that’s a lot different,” Andrus said. “It will be a lot more fun (Friday) when the games start and we’re actually competing against other teams and you see guys you might be facing in the season. Hopefully I won’t have to face my own teammates during the season.”
In case you are wondering, the Rangers have not changed their position on their lack of interest in free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse.
The starters only had two plate appearances in Wednesday’s intrasquad. After that, Minor League hitters took over to face the pitchers who needed work. That’s why the big star of the game was Brett Nicholas, a first baseman who played at Class A Myrtle Beach last year. He had a double and three-run home run off of reliever Johan Yan. Nicholas was a sixth-round pick out of the University of Missouri in 2010.
Nick Tepesch pitched a scoreless first inning against the Rangers regulars, striking out both Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz.
The Rangers have a team, meeting on Thursday. The subject is social media.
Manager Ron Washington on if he had thought about his fifth starter candidates: “I think about them every day.”