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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Elvis Andrus exits with hip tightness

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus came out of Tuesday's game with the San Diego Padres after the second inning with a tight right hip flexor.

Andrus, who grounded out in his only at-bat, didn't appear to be limping as he walked to the clubhouse. Luis Hernandez, ao utility infield candidate, replaced Andrus at short.

Manager Ron Washington said after the Rangers' 10-9 win over San Diego that Andrus complained of tightness in the muscle, and the skipper didn't want to take any chances and sent him to the clubhouse. He'll be evaluated further on Wednesday, but the tentative plan is to give him Wednesday off and have him return to the lineup on Thursday. Washington said he wasn't concerned.

"Once he said he felt a little tightness in his quad, we took him out," Washington said. "We didn't give him a chance to say nothing."

Andrus, 23, is hitting .369 this spring with four RBIs, five walks, four strikeouts and a stolen base.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.