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Elvis Andrus says he's ready to play

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said Thursday that his arm and shoulder feel better and that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Andrus, who has dealt with soreness this spring, said he made all the throws from his shortstop position and took cutoffs and made relay throws in a full workout prior to Thursday's exhibition game at Globe Life Park. He said he wants to play Friday and Saturday in San Antonio. Andrus added that he'll play on Opening Day (Monday) "for sure."

It was a week ago that the club decided to keep Andrus out of games so he could get his arm strength back.

"I knew my arm just needed to get stronger ... it feels amazing," Andrus said. "It wasn't a concern for me. I was trying to get my arm in shape to be ready for the season."

Andrus didn't throw during the offseason, which likely contributed to the soreness. He said it's something he'll learn from for future winters.

"One thing I learned for sure is that I have to take care of my arm, especially in the offseason," Andrus said. "I was really fortunate that it wasn't anything serious or bad to keep me out of the games. I'm trying to do all my rehabbing and getting my arm strong and ready for the season. I'll be ready to go for Monday."

Manager Ron Washington said he wanted to see how Andrus came out of Thursday's workout before making any firm decisions on when and how many innings Andrus might play this weekend.

The Rangers are already without second baseman Jurickson Profar, who is out 10 to 12 weeks with a torn muscle in his shoulder.

UPDATE (10:15 p.m.): Washington said after Thursday's game that Andrus will play shortstop on Friday in San Antonio.