Elvis Andrus is sliding feet first

HOUSTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus returned to the lineup Thursday night for the first time in four games after recovering from a sprained left wrist.

Andrus reached base three times (two singles and a walk) in four trips to the plate in the Rangers' 7-0 loss to the Houston Astros. Andrus also stole two bases.

"Did what he had to do," Ron Washington said. "Worked the pitcher, went deep in counts."

What was significant about Andrus' play was that he played with a brace on his wrist and that he slid feet first. Andrus jammed his wrist while sliding in a game against the New York Mets last week.

Andrus said he's going to slide feet first, which he did while stealing second in the first inning, until further notice.

"I have to. I don’t want to be in between that play again," Andrus said. "For now, I feel a little bit comfortable if I go feet first."

Andrus said it won't be hard to go feet first because he did it a little bit last season. He wants to protect his wrist from getting nicked up so quickly after returning. He was icing it down after the loss.

Andrus also committed an error, which had nothing to do with the wrist. He said he tried to flip the ball out of his glove toward his bare hand and failed to do so.