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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Wilson was in the Rangers' lineup on Friday for the third straight game, batting second and playing shortstop. Wilson is getting extra time because Elvis Andrus is sidelined with a sore right elbow.

The Rangers expect Andrus to be ready for Opening Day. But Wilson has made the most of his playing time in enhancing his bid to be the Rangers' utility infielder with six hits in his last 14 at-bats. He got off to a shaky start defensively, but has benefited from early work with manager Ron Washington.

"I'm still here and getting a chance to play," Wilson said. "You can't beat that."

Wilson, 33, has been in professional baseball since 1999 and has played with 12 organizations. He has played in 386 Major League games over parts of six seasons, with a career .225 batting average along with a .278 on-base percentage and a .317 slugging percentage. Wilson has played all four infield positions, made a token appearance in the outfield and has even pitched in three games.

Wilson is competing against Brent Lillibridge and Adam Rosales for the job. Lillibridge has played well in camp but is currently sidelined with a tight right hamstring. Rosales, who is the only of three currently on the Major League roster, is 4-for-18 with 11 strikeouts this spring.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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