Andrus takes licking and keeps on ticking

Nagging injuries not keeping shortstop out of lineup

Andrus takes licking and keeps on ticking

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus took a beating on Sunday afternoon, but was still ready to go on Monday against the White Sox.

Andrus was already dealing with a sore back and groin muscle on Sunday against the Tigers. Then he took a pitch from Tigers pitcher Mark Lowe off his left elbow in the eighth inning and fouled a pitch off the back of his right knee in the ninth.

Andrus said it was physically one of the toughest games he has ever been through. He played in Monday's 8-4, 12-inning loss to the White Sox, going 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

"My elbow was sore, but it's fine now," Andrus said. "I'm glad it didn't get me on the bone, it got me more on the top. It sounded bad, but it wasn't bad. You get get older and things get worse, but I'm still young."

The knee wasn't as bad.

"It's not the first time I have been hit there," Andrus said. "The pain in the elbow took everything else away. I was dealing with that more than the knee."

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Andrus doesn't get hit by pitches that often. Since his rookie season in 2009, Andrus has played in 1,103 games, the fifth most by a Major League player in that stretch. But he has been hit by a pitch just 31 times, tied for 92nd most. Shin-Soo Choo has the most, having been hit 103 times. Craig Gentry has been hit 31 times since 2009 in 1,116 plate appearances. Andrus has had 4,748 plate appearances in the same time period.

Andrus has also never been on the disabled list in his career. But manager Jeff Banister admitted before Monday's game against the White Sox there was some concern about how Andrus would recover from Sunday's game.

"I haven't heard anything from him today, there was a concern, yes," Banister said.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.