6/2/2013 3:15 P.M. ET
Andrus coaxes way into Washington's lineup
By Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus wasn't in the Rangers' lineup for the series finale against the Royals when it was first posted in the clubhouse on Sunday.
Manager Ron Washington intended to give Andrus the day off and give Jurickson Profar the start at shortstop.
That didn't go over too well with Andrus, according to Washington.
"He came in and busted my door down," Washington said, exaggerating how his talk with Andrus actually went. "I got the maintenance people to come and put another one up. He pulled all the stuff off my desk, turned that table over. ... He scared me."
Washington caved after Andrus twisted his arm and received the starting nod at shortstop, batting leadoff for the Rangers. Andrus said he's dealing with back pain, but he told Washington he could play through it.
"You just have to learn to play through pain," Andrus said. "It's nothing really bad anyways. That's why he wasn't concerned with me playing today."
Andrus said he wanted to play to get out a 7-for-43 hitting slump in his previous 11 games. His batting average has dipped from .282 to .260 during the stretch.
"I don't feel too good right now, offensively," Andrus said. "I think the best way to get out of a jam is to keep playing."
Andrus felt he hit the ball well in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Royals in 10 innings. He went 0-for-4 with a walk, but thought he hit the ball well in three of his at-bats.
"I feel like my offense is about to break out again," Andrus said.
Andrus said he also wanted to play with the amount of starters out on Sunday. Along with Ian Kinsler's injury, Adrian Beltre was absent from the lineup with a mild strain in his left hamstring. Washington also gave catcher A.J. Pierzynski the day off and started Geovany Soto behind the plate.
"I think you learn, when you play next to Beltre to go out there and play," Andrus said. "If you can play, go out there and do it. That's the best feeling, when you get to be on the field every day. Especially when you feel really good, and I feel good today. You don't want to be on the bench.
Washington said Andrus always enters his office when he's not in the lineup. Andrus somehow persuaded Washington to go against his gut feeling on Sunday.
"Sometimes it doesn't work, but I guess it worked today," Andrus said.
Beltre day to day with left hamstring strain
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the lineup for Sunday's rubber game against the Royals due to a mild strain in his left hamstring.
The Rangers do not believe the injury is serious, as an MRI revealed the strain was not even a Grade 1. Beltre is listed as day to day.
"I was concerned at first, but once I got the news, it should be a couple days and he should be back in there," Washington said.
Beltre sustained the injury on the bases in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Royals in 10 innings. Beltre rounded second on Nelson Cruz's single in the fourth inning and slowed down significantly when he reached third. Beltre scored on a single by Mitch Moreland.
Beltre remained in the game until the 10th inning, when he was replaced by Leury Garcia at third base.
Beltre missed seven games last season with a left hamstring injury. The Rangers have an off-day on Monday. Washington said Beltre could return for Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
"It might be Wednesday, but Tuesday is realistic," Washington said. "The thing is, he'll be back in there soon."
Washington said the club will be cautious with Beltre's injury when it travels to Toronto next Friday due to the turf surface at Rogers Centre. Washington said it has a spongy feel and it "goes up in your body."
"That stuff in Toronto, for some reason, hurts you," Washington said. " ... I just hit fungos and throw [batting practice] and my body is hurting."
• Washington said he's going to stay with outfielder Leonys Martin through his recent struggles. Washington said he has all the physical abilities, but his decision making needs to improve. Martin was charged with an error in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Royals in 10 innings.
• Washington felt infielder Jurickson Profar wasn't intimidated during his at-bat on Saturday in the ninth with two on and two out in a tie game. Profar fouled off two pitches before he popped up in foul territory on the fourth pitch.
• The Rangers' one run in 10 innings on Saturday, matching their lowest total in an extra-inning game at Rangers Ballpark. It's occurred five times, resulting in a 1-4 record. The last time it happened before Saturday was on Sept. 15, 2006, against the Angels.
• The Rangers lost the lead on a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the 10th inning on Saturday. The last time that happened in the ninth inning or later was on July 20, 2002, at Oakland.
• Lance Berkman was ejected on Saturday in the first inning. It was his ninth career ejection and the first since July 12, 2012, when he was with the Cardinals.
• Texas announced on Sunday that right-hander Alexi Ogando is slated to start on Wednesday against the Red Sox. Washington said Ogando was given the go-ahead to start after Sunday's bullpen session went well. It will be Ogando's first start since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 16 with biceps tendinitis. Justin Grimm will start the series opener on Tuesday and Derek Holland will start on Thursday in the series finale.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.