Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Extra Bases: Andrus still searching for groove
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers hope shortstop Elvis Andrus has his energy back. They need his bat back too.
Andrus was given a day off by manager Ron Washington and didn't play in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Oakland.
Andrus said before the game that he doesn't have his normal energy. It's shown at the plate, where he's never found a groove this season and has struggled of late in particular.
Since a five-hit game against Detroit on May 18, Andrus is batting .167 over a 25-game stretch. He snapped an 0-for-12 stretch with a base-loaded single in the ninth inning Sunday. He was ejected for the second time in his career on Friday.
Andrus, usually clutch, is batting .186 in his last 56 at-bats with runners in scoring position. He did say Tuesday he has identified his problem.
"I just need to stay back on the ball," Andrus said, "And use my hands."
Andrus said he would work with new hitting coach Dave Magadan, whom he trusts will help him locate his stroke.
"He is great to work with," Andrus said.
Outfielder Leonys Martin has been successful on nine straight stolen base attempts. He has 10 steals in 28 games after none in the first 32 games. His confidence is bursting. "I love the base-running part of the game," Martin said Tuesday. He is batting .364 over the last seven games.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is batting .349 in 24 games since being activated from the disabled list with an oblique injury.
Ranger starters have gone 17 games without a victory, the longest drought in club history. Justin Grimm was the last starter to win, back on May 30 against Arizona.