Notes: Elvis Andrus glad to be be back
|Derek Holland joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the benefits of pitching in the World Baseball Classic and why he thinks letting Nolan Ryan leave the Texas Rangers would be a mistake.
Andrus left Rangers camp on March 3 to represent Venezuela, which was eliminated from the international tournament this weekend after the first round.
"It was cool," Andrus said of the experience. "It would have probably been better if we made it to the second round and got to play in Miami.
"There was pride in wearing your country across your chest, and I can't wait until next time. At the same time, it is good to be back and get ready for the season."
Prior to leaving for the WBC, Andrus talked trash to his Rangers teammates who were also tabbed to play in the tournament. One target was Adrian Beltre, who until yesterday was hoping to join the Dominican Republic team for the second round. Once Venezuela was eliminated, Beltre was sure to console his Rangers teammate on the tough loss.
"When we lost the second game, he texted me to say we had a workout at 9:30 the next day," Andrus said laughing. "I told him I already knew that."
Outfielder Engle Beltre is also back in Rangers camp after representing Spain in the WBC. He was a late add to today's lineup and will hit sixth in place of Craig Gentry, who was scratched due to a stomach illness.
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