5/2/2014 10:35 P.M. ET
Elvis, Washington have chat about slump
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington decided Friday was the right time to have a one-on-one chat with struggling shortstop Elvis Andrus. Washington said he wants to see Andrus playing with more energy.
"We want him to be Elvis," Washington said. "One thing about Elvis is he plays with a lot of energy. If we can do that, we'll get him back to what he is. He was so involved in not being successful that he didn't know. I've got to remind him. He's only human.
'"It's focus. That's all it is. If he's focused on what he's doing, the energy will be there."
Andrus went into Friday's game hitless in his last 14 at-bats and with one hit in his last 28 at-bats. That's dropped his batting average to .229. Andrus has also committed seven errors, tied with Indians catcher Yan Gomes for the most at any position by a player in the American League. The Rangers were off on Thursday so Andrus got a break having been the only player on the team to start every game on defense without being used at designated hitter.
"I seem a little lost but that's baseball," Andrus said. "A day off is good. Every day off you enjoy, relax and be ready for the next game. You can't try to do too much, I just have to get my swing back."
Rangers get visit from Hall of Famer Maddux
ANAHEIM -- Greg Maddux, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July, joined the Rangers at Angel Stadium on Friday. This was a planned visit from the brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux who serves as a part-time special assistant and lives in Las Vegas.
"We love it when Greg comes around," manager Ron Washington said. "He just doesn't come around as much as we would like. I don't think I have to suggest anything for him to talk about. They'll flock to him. He has free rein to say what he thinks he should tell them."
Rangers pitchers might need a little pep talk after allowing 25 runs in three losses to the Athletics earlier this week. They went into Friday's games with a 4.28 team ERA, ninth best in the American League.
"A lot of guys like to talk to him and pick his brain," pitcher Matt Harrison said. "I think it helps a lot. He's got a lot of knowledge."
"Sometimes we talk about baseball and sometimes we don't," pitcher Yu Darvish said. "He was a great player and has a lot of experience so when we talk it really helps."
Rangers lead on waiver claims
ANAHEIM -- According to a study by Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors, the Rangers have claimed 12 players off of waivers since April 17, 2013. That's the most by any Major League team. The Cubs were second with eight players claimed.
The Rangers' two biggest prizes were pitcher Shawn Tolleson from the Dodgers and infielder Donnie Murphy from the Cubs. Tolleson, going into Friday night's game, had pitched in 10 games with the Rangers and had a 3.38 ERA. Murphy was hitting .220 with one home run and seven RBI in 20 games while sharing second base with Josh Wilson.
"It's a pretty inexpensive way to find talent and a chance for our scouts to pick up players they want to take a look at," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Usually a guy on waivers has some sort of hickey, so to speak, but we like giving our staff a chance to work with them, see if we can get production. Given some of the trades we've made the last few years, we've also had opportunity at the upper levels to give guys a chance."
The Rangers also claimed pitchers Pedro Figueroa from the Rays and Seth Rosin from the Dodgers. Figueroa pitched in 10 games for the Rangers and was 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA before suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Rosin, who was a Rule 5 Draft pick, appeared in three games before being returned to the Phillies.
Catcher Chris Gimenez, claimed from the Athletics, was on the Opening Day roster but has since being outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock. The only other waiver claim to play for the Rangers was infielder Adam Rosales, who was claimed twice from the Athletics last summer. The other claimed players were outfielders Alex Castellanos, Joe Benson and Rafael Ortega, infielder Andy Parrino, pitchers Edwar Cabrera and Chaz Roe.
Kouzmanoff to have surgery
ANAHEIM -- Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The recovery time is 8-12 weeks and Kouzmanoff will likely be out until sometime after the All-Star break.
He was hitting .362 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games before being placed on the disabled list on April 25. He has been dealing with back issues for most of his career.
Joe Saunders, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, pitched four innings in extended Spring Training on Friday. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while throwing 46 pitches. His next outing will likely be for Double-A Frisco sometime next week.
Donnie Murphy was back in the lineup on Friday night having to sit for a few days because of a bruised left foot. He had to come out of Monday's game against the Athletics when he fouled a pitch off the foot.
• Catcher Robinson Chirinos was scratched from Friday's lineup with a stomach virus. No word yet if he can start on Saturday.
• Pitcher Martin Perez was the Rangers Player of the Month for April. He was 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts. He led the league in shutouts and complete games.
• Jurickson Profar, who is on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, started hitting off a tee on Friday. He is expected to start a throwing program next week.
• Rangers outfielder Michael Choice is scheduled to visit Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy on Saturday morning. The academy is located in Compton, about 30 minutes north of Anaheim.
• Class A Hickory third baseman Joey Gallo has 10 home runs, which ties him for the most by any player in both the Majors and the Minor Leagues. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu leads the Major Leagues with 10 going into Friday's games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.