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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Elvis Andrus (wrist) out through weekend

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus hadn't seen Dr. Keith Meister when he spoke with a few reporters three hours prior to today's game. But he said he could move his left wrist around despite some stiffness and still didn't think it was a serious injury.

"I don't think it will take too long," Andrus said. "Maybe a few days and I'll be ready."

He'll know more after Meister looks at him, but manager Ron Washington said that his starting shortstop won't play the rest of the series. Andres Blanco takes his place.

Andrus injured the wrist sliding headfirst into second base in the fourth inning of Friday's 8-1 win over the Mets. Andrus said he didn't slide headfirst into second until this season, when he felt like he could steal more bases and avoid certain tags better by sliding headfirst.

Washington didn't have any issues with the slide, calling the injury a "freak" one and that the ground just grabbed Andrus' wrist. The shortstop said he might consider sliding first feet into second more because of this. Oddly, he said he's never had any trouble sliding headfirst into third.

For Blanco, it's an opportunity to get at least a few days of regular playing time.

"The preparation is easier because I know when and where I'm going to play," Blanco said.

He hopes some more consistent at-bats will help him at the plate. He's hitting .150 on the season, but has the tough job of getting sporadic at-bats.

"It's a tough job," Washington said. "It's very tough. Someone has to do it. The pitching gets better and you're not seeing any of it. That's not easy."