Rangers SS Elvis Andrus Sidelined with Flexor Tendinitis

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will not play the next few spring training games due to flexor tendinitis in his forearm, the team announced on Saturday.

Andrus batted .271 with four homers and 67 RBI's in 2013 and isn't too worried that it will be a serious issue moving forward.

"It's the first offseason where I didn't play winter ball," Andrus said. "I knew it would take longer to get ready."

Andrus said that he would play with the soreness if it was the regular season.

"We think it's a result from the amount of throwing he's done early in camp," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We're just going to try to knock it out early in camp rather than continue to play him every day and not give him a chance to recover."

The Rangers would rather have a healthy Andrus come Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31.

"I think he'd like to play through it and I think we took matters out of his hands," Levine contiued. "It didn't seem to be taking care of itself without attention."

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