"He has been looking better, he's trying to stay inside the baseball and keep it up the middle or to right field," Washington said. "It was just a matter of time. Elvis is a good hitter, he's not a bad hitter."
Prior to being demoted, Andrus had just two hits in his last 27 at-bats.
"I feel a lot better," Andrus said. "I feel really good. I feel ready to be back in my spot and do what I've always done. I feel confident and ready to go. You have a lot of pride, so it's not a good feeling to drop down. But you understand as a professional it's best for the team. I'm glad to be back in that spot, and hopefully I can be there all year."
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