Andrus has hernia surgery; Gallo sidelined

Andrus has hernia surgery; Gallo sidelined

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia and infielder Joey Gallo will be sidelined for four to six weeks without baseball activities because of a strained left hamstring.

Andrus is expected to need six weeks of recovery time before being ready to resume his normal offseason workouts. He should be at full strength for Spring Training.

Gallo's injury is a setback. The Rangers were hoping he would be able to play winter ball in Venezuela, but the injury has cut that short. He ended up playing just three games for Magallanes and went 2-for-7 with a home run.

The Rangers were hoping the time in Venezuela would make up for at-bats lost during the season and help him prepare to compete for a spot in Spring Training. Gallo is one of the candidates to play first base with Mitch Moreland getting ready to enter free agency.

Gallo's solo homer

Gallo was 1-for-17 with a home run in 25 at-bats for the Rangers this season. He played in 102 games at Triple-A Round Rock and hit .240 with 25 home runs, 66 RBIs and a .529 slugging percentage.

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.