"It could be the day off that made him sluggish," Washington said. "I just felt he needed a day. He needed a day."
Andrus says he feels good and was surprised he wasn't in the lineup. But Andrus was 0-for-5 on Tuesday, including an 0-for-3 mark with runners in scoring position. He also made an ill-advised throw to third even though he had no chance to get the runner on a tough ground ball. Perhaps the skipper wants to see Andrus get another mental break.
Andrus was off last Thursday, the first time he's been on the bench all season. The club also got Monday off. So this should allow Andrus plenty of rest and the ability to play a bunch of games coming up. That includes seven more games on this homestand and nine on the west coast.
With Andrus sitting out, Washington also decided to give Adrian Beltre a half-day by making him the DH. That leaves an infield of Mitch Moreland at first, Rougned Odor at second, Luis Sardinas at shortstop and Donnie Murphy at third base. Beltre had started the last 36 straight games at third base.