Andrus gets 'mental' day off

Andrus gets 'mental' day off

Andrus gets 'mental' day off
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who committed an error in the Mariners' six-run eighth inning Tuesday night, got a day off on Wednesday.

Alberto Gonzalez replaced Andrus at shortstop and batted ninth while Ian Kinsler took over for Andrus in the leadoff spot of the batting order as Michael Young moved up to second. Andrus said he would be available if needed to pinch-hit.

"It's more of a mental day off," Andrus said. "You don't realize, when you play hard every day that, mentally, you're going to get a little tired. That's what I've felt the last few games. My body feels good, but mentally I'm starting to feel tired."

Andrus set a team record by going 55 straight games without committing an error at shortstop earlier this year in a streak that stretched back to last season. But manager Ron Washington noticed Andrus make several defensive mistakes recently and decided to let him sit out the finale with the Mariners.

"He needed a break," Washington said. "Some of the defensive lapses he had were usually because he was mentally fatigued. It was nothing to do with the physical; he's busting his butt. When you don't react to certain things, you just need a break."

With the team taking a day off on Thursday before Friday's series opener against the Angels, Andrus gets a two-day break.

"It's awesome," Andrus said. "Taking one day off is really good. Two is like a vacation."

"It's the perfect time," Washington said. "He gets tonight. He gets tomorrow. He'll be ready to go when we get to Anaheim."