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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Elvis Andrus headed to DL for first time in career with fractured elbow

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Wednesday’s game versus the Los Angeles Angels after being hit on the right elbow by a Keynan Middleton pitch in the ninth inning. Initial x-rays and examination by Rangers Team Physician Keith Meister done at Globe Life Park in Arlington indicate the probability of a fracture in the elbow.

Reminiscent of Ivan Rodriguez breaking his hand (while catching) in 2000 – both players at the peak of their careers. Of course Rodriguez was an MVP on his way to the Hall of Fame, but Andrus is no slouch: one of the most durable players in the game till this point, and already a 29-WAR career at the age of 29.

I was sitting right behind home plate when Andrus was hit, and he went down in terrible and immediate pain.  In fact, over the years I have seen Josh Hamilton run into a wall, Adrian Beltre pull up lame on the bases, and Shin-Soo Choo break his arm on a HBP, all missing significant time afterwards.  This is perhaps just the odds when going to so many Ranger games, but they might want to ban me from the park just as a precaution.

With Andrus, Delino Deshields, Rougned Odor, and Doug Fister all on the DL, and the team 4-10, the Rangers might be sellers of their remaining veterans sooner rather than later.

BDC Posted: April 12, 2018 at 01:23 PM | 24 comment(s)
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