Andrus out another week with sore right elbow

Andrus out another week with sore right elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is going to be sidelined for another week while recovering from a sore right elbow.

Andrus was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Friday and was cleared to start a seven-day throwing program on Saturday. Meister has recommended Andrus complete that program before playing in another game. The Rangers only have eight exhibition games left before they open the regular season on March 31 against the Phillies. The Rangers' last exhibition game is March 29 against the Astros in San Antonio.

Andrus, who has never been on the disabled list in his Major League career, has not played since Monday because of the elbow. He also missed four games early in the spring because of a sore shoulder and elbow.

Andrus is 11-for-35 in the Cactus League. He won't play shortstop before the Rangers leave Arizona, but he is able to get his at-bats in a Minor League game. That was the plan for Andrus on Friday.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for 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.