Healthy after surgery, Andrus arrives at camp

Rangers shortstop had procedure in November to repair sports hernia

Healthy after surgery, Andrus arrives at camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus showed up at camp on Saturday, and he said he has no limitations as he completes his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Andrus said he needs to build up his strength and endurance, but otherwise he is good to go physically. His effort level is about 80-90 percent because he doesn't want to push it too early.

"I'm able to do everything," Andrus said. "I'm really happy with where I am physically. I know what I want to do. We're going in the right direction."

Andrus had to play through considerable physical discomfort last season. He injured his right groin muscle in May and continued to play through it. Eventually it led to a sports hernia, which is defined as a strain or tear in any of the soft tissue of the lower abdomen.

"Every month it got worse," Andrus said. "It got worse and worse, but I was able to play. There were times when there was a lot of pain, but for the most of the year, I was able to hustle and play hard."

Andrus was also able to avoid going on the disabled list for what would have been the first time in his career.

"There was never any extensive talk about that," manager Jeff Banister said. "Through the medical process and the trainers, we were aware. He was a guy we kept in contact with every day as to how he felt."

Andrus played in 147 games, his fewest since his rookie season in 2009. He also had his best offensive season, batting .302 with a career-high eight home runs, 69 RBIs, a .362 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage.

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"I never really experienced anything as a hitter," Andrus said. "The only thing was on the field with my lateral movement. It got to me, but besides that, I was 100 percent."

Andrus finally had the surgery on Nov. 1, giving him plenty of time to be ready for Spring Training. He also had time to get engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Cori Febles, and announce a baby boy is due in July.

"It has been amazing," Andrus said.

The Rangers saw the departure of pitchers Colby Lewis and Derek Holland, and first baseman Mitch Moreland in the offseason. Andrus is now the only player left from the 2010 American League champions.

"That's a little scary," Andrus said. "I'm going to hold on to that and not let it loose."

Andrus is signed through 2022, so it's not like he is going anywhere.

"I'm going to play another 12 years," Andrus said. "If [Adrian Beltre] can do it, I can too."

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for 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.