Injuries: Elvis Andrus out with stiff back

March, 8, 2011
3/08/11
10:12
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched from today's lineup after complaining of a stiff back.

Assistant GM Thad Levine said Andrus went to the back fields to work out and said he could play, but manager Ron Washington didn't want to take any chances. He's listed as day-to-day. Andrus played in Scottsdale on Monday night.

Leury Garcia will take Andrus' place.

Other injury news:

* RHP Neftali Feliz (shin) is still on target to pitch Wednesday in Surprise in a Cactus League game as planned. He hasn't pitched since he was hit on the left shin by a line drive throwing live batting practice on Sunday.

* 3B Adrian Beltre (Grade 1 calf strain) took live batting practice and ran the bases on Tuesday as he continues to rehab the calf muscle. Beltre said his biggest issue right now is quick reactions. He did some jogging in cleats on Monday as well.

* RHP Tanner Scheppers will receive a root nerve injection on Wednesday to help alleviate the pain in the right side of his lower back. Scheppers has been taking anti-inflammatory medicine and said he's feeling better. By taking the injection, it will be another few days before he can work his way back onto a throwing schedule.

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