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Elvis Andrus Exits Game With Tight Right Hip Flexor

This isn't news that Texas Rangers fans want to read just a week before Opening Day, but shortstop Elvis Andrus was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres due to a tight right hip flexor.

Like most spring training injury-related moves, this was likely just precautionary, as there's certainly nothing to gain by having Andrus grind it out through the injury. Per ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett:

Manager Ron Washington said after the Rangers' 10-9 win over San Diego that Andrus complained of tightness in the muscle, and the skipper didn't want to take any chances and sent him to the clubhouse. He'll be evaluated further on Wednesday, but the tentative plan is to give him Wednesday off and have him return to the lineup on Thursday. Washington said he wasn't concerned.

It doesn't seem like it's anything serious, but injuries like this seem like they can linger. Washington is best off letting Andrus rest at least through Wednesday, if not Thursday as well.

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