Washington says Andrus is an All-Star

Washington says Andrus is an All-Star

ARLINGTON -- The All-Star Game is still a little less than two months away, but Rangers manager Ron Washington thinks shortstop Elvis Andrus should be there.

Andrus will likely have a hard time beating out the ever-popular Derek Jeter for the starting assignment, but Washington has no doubt that Andrus belongs somewhere on the American League roster.

"If he keeps this up, they'll be hard-pressed not to make him an All-Star," Washington said before Wednesday's game with the Orioles.

Andrus, besides his brilliant fielding, went into Wednesday's game hitting .331, the seventh highest in the league. He was fourth in on-base percentage, tied for fifth in runs scored and tied for third in stolen bases. He led the league with a .481 batting average with runners in scoring position.

"I'm not saying he has to maintain his .331 batting average, but if he keeps going like he is, he should be an All-Star," Washington said.

Jeter has been elected by the fans as the AL starting shortstop for four straight years. Going into Wednesday's action, he was hitting .268 with a .315 on-base percentage and 26 runs scored.

"I've heard a lot about it, but I just go out there every day and play my role," Andrus said. "I don't really think about it. If I get selected, it will be a blessing for me. I'm just worrying about getting wins and getting to the playoffs. That's my main focus and that's my goal right now."