06/09/10 9:18 PM ET
Fatigue may be factor in Andrus' struggles
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
"He's tired," Washington said. "That's why I gave him a day off [on Monday]. He'll pick it up. Those are balls Elvis doesn't mess up. Maybe it's a sign of fatigue."
Andrus made a throwing error in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over Seattle after having the night off. He dropped a popup on Sunday and had a fielding error on Saturday.
Andrus had an easy explanation for Tuesday's poor throw.
"I didn't throw the ball," Andrus said. "I didn't move my feet. I feel good after the day off. I reloaded my body."
Washington said he has had a few conversations with Andrus about his recent defensive struggles, but none of the scolding variety that he used during last season with the rookie shortstop.
"He's growing up," Washington said. "I don't have to ride him like I did his rookie year."
Holland cuts bullpen session short
Derek Holland (left rotator cuff inflammation) cut his first bullpen session short on Wednesday, throwing only 17 of his scheduled 30 pitches.
"There's still a little pain," said Holland, who added that he didn't know what would happen next.
Manager Ron Washington said that before Holland threw he would speak with pitching coach Mike Maddux, who would help decide what was the left-hander's next step.
Holland last pitched on May 30, when he left in the second inning with no outs due to soreness in his left shoulder.
Washington offers up draft memories
Manager Ron Washington offered up some memories of when he was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Kansas City Royals back in July, 1970.
Washington asked for a $35,000 signing bonus at the urging of his high school coach.
"My mother took me outside and said, 'What are you doing? Get in there and sign that contract.'" Washington said he received a Wilson glove and Rawlings shoes as his bonus.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (left hamstring) will run the bases on Thursday and then the club will see how he recovers on Friday before deciding on the next step. Manager Ron Washington said Cruz will travel to Milwaukee, and he could be ready to play again on Tuesday at Florida ... Shortstop Elvis Andrus was complimentary of rookie first baseman Justin Smoak's improvement on defense, especially when scooping up throws in the dirt. "He's been good, but he's getting way better," Andrus said. "He's working hard every day with Wash."
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.