Andrus to miss time with hamstring tightness

Andrus to miss time with hamstring tightness

MINNEAPOLIS -- Elvis Andrus will be out of the lineup for at least a couple of days with some tightness in his right hamstring.

Andrus said that he has been dealing with the problem for a couple of weeks, and came out of Saturday's game after three innings because he was concerned with how he felt.

"It's not that bad," Andrus said. "It's not hurting, but for a while it has been the same way, really tight. Yesterday I got a weird sensation when I tried to run hard. It felt like it pulled back to the high part of the hamstring. I let [manager Ron Washington] know so it didn't get worse."

Cristian Guzman took over for Andrus at shortstop on Saturday and started there on Sunday.

The Rangers open a four-game series on the artificial turf of Toronto's Rogers Centre on Monday afternoon, and Washington will be cautious about how he uses Andrus there. The artificial turf can be hard on the legs of players who are not used to playing on it. Andrus will not start on Monday, and he may not play at all during the four-game series.

"If he's not well, I'm going to give him what he needs," Washington said.

"It's nothing to worry about," Andrus said. "Maybe a few days and I'll be ready to get back in there. It's nothing serious."

Guzman, a former Twin, had two hits after taking over for Andrus on Saturday. He was on the disabled list from Aug. 14-31 with a strained right quadriceps muscle, but Washington had him out there on Sunday instead of Andres Blanco.

"He's come back looking like a different guy than before he went on the disabled list," Washington said. "He's moving around a lot better."