Andrus getting veteran treatment

Andrus getting veteran treatment

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Manager Ron Washington can be tough on shortstop Elvis Andrus. Washington is a former shortstop who takes great pride in his knowledge of infield play, and he stayed on top of Andrus over the past three years. He even pulled him out of a game in Minnesota last year when he thought Andrus was too lazy on a throw to first base.

"I don't let him get away with anything," Washington said. "If I do, I'm not doing my job. I see things that others don't see. When I do, I bring it to his attention."

But Washington said this spring he wants to let up on Andrus. His shortstop has been in the big leagues for three seasons, and Washington wants Andrus to be able to take care of himself.

"I'm going to treat him like a veteran," Washington said. "I want Elvis to be his own policeman. I think he's established himself to the point where he understands what he's supposed to do, so we're going to give him some leeway."