Andrus gets day off, leads in innings played
CHICAGO -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went into Sunday's game having played in 602 2/3 innings. That was the most in the Major Leagues, 5 1/3 innings ahead of D-Backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Andrus is going to relinquish that lead because he was out of the lineup on Sunday. His time off comes one day after making two errors in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. But manager Jeff Banister said this was a planned day off. The Rangers are off on Monday, so it's a chance to give Andrus two days off in a row.
The two errors on Saturday gave Andrus 14 for the season, the second most in the American League for a shortstop. His career high is 25 in 2011. But prior to Saturday, Andrus had committed just one error in his previous 21 games.
"It was a bad day at the office," Andrus said. "I feel good defensively. The whole team has been playing good defensively. I feel good. I like to play every day but it is always good to have a day off. Having two days off will help refresh my mind and my body and get me ready for Tuesday."
Said Banister: "Elvis is as focused and energetic as any player on the field. One game doesn't define the guy."
• Rangers pitcher Martin Perez, on the disabled list while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, will make his second start on medical rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco against Midland on Monday. He is down for three innings and approximately 45 pitches. It will be his first time in a game since June 10, as he has been dealing with tightness in his left groin muscle.
• Matt Harrison, also on medical rehab assignment, is scheduled to make his fifth start for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.
• The Rangers entered Sunday having gone three straight games without an extra-base hit. That's their longest such streak since 1997.
• Outfielder Jake Smolinski has been claimed off waivers by the Athletics and optioned to Triple-A Sacamento. He was hitting .133 for the Rangers before being designated for assignment on Friday.