Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus Benched After Playing Lazy
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was yanked from Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins by manager Ron Washington because of a lack of effort. Andrus committed a throwing error on a routine ground ball by Twins catcher Rene Rivera in the eighth inning after appearing to lazily flip the ball pulling first baseman Michael Young off the bag. Washington pinch-hit for Andrus in the top of the ninth inning.
“I didn’t like his attitude,” Washington told reporters. “The inning before there were a couple of plays he didn’t make, but he gave the effort. There are going to be plays that you can’t make. On that play, there wasn’t energy. Elvis is better than that. I didn’t chew him out, but I let him know that.”
Andrus may have been frustrated by what happened in the seventh inning as he committed an error and failed to snag a grounder that turned into a single. The error led to five unearned runs a blew open a close game and Rangers eventually lost 6-1.