Elvis Andrus primed for big year

Shortstop appears ready to reach next level with added muscle, strong spring

Updated: March 29, 2012, 9:33 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There's something different about Elvis Andrus this spring.

For starters, the Texas Rangers shortstop gained some weight -- maybe 10 pounds or so -- and it looks like it's all muscle. He focused this offseason on getting stronger, especially in his upper body, and it certainly appears he succeeded.

"He's always had broad shoulders, but he looks thicker," designated hitter/infielder Michael Young said. "People think of Elvis as a little speed shortstop or a 180-pounder. ...

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