ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus will take Saturday and Sunday's games off because of his sprained left wrist, but he's still not expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Manager Ron Washington said that even if he received a good report on Andrus' wrist on Saturday, he would give him Sunday off. The Rangers have a travel day Monday, then open a three-game series on Tuesday in Houston, so Andrus will, at the minimum, get three days off.
Andrus said he was still feeling some "stiffness" in the wrist Saturday afternoon, but that he could move it around somewhat. He was examined Saturday and team doctors said there was some improvement.
"I don't think it will take too long," Andrus said. "Maybe a few days and I'll be ready."
Andrus injured his wrist sliding headfirst into second base in the fourth inning of the Rangers' 8-1 victory over the Mets on Friday. He just started sliding headfirst into second base this season to give himself a better chance to avoid tags when trying to steal a base.
Washington said there was nothing wrong with the slide.
"[What] happened last night was one of those freak things where he just happened to roll over on his wrist," Washington said.