Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left tonight’s game against the Anaheim Angels after being hit by a pitch. Elvis was hit in the right arm, and appeared to be in a great deal of pain. He presumably is getting x-rays on the arm.
Elvis was hit with two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th, on a 3-0 pitch from Kenyan MIddleton, and was removed for pinch runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Mike Trout was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth, which will lead to speculation that Elvis was being thrown at, but I don’t think you hit a guy to load the bases in the 9th.
With Rougned Odor already on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, if Elvis is going to miss time, the Rangers will be in a tough spot in regards to their middle infield. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is already up, though I’m not sure the Rangers would want to have him suddenly be starting at second base. The Rangers could call up Hanser Alberto, though that would necessitate a 40 man roster move.
Elvis has never been on the disabled list before, though that streak appears to be in jeopardy. We will have more updates on this when more info is available.
For reasons I’m sure you can understand, I’m not feeling like doing a “Thoughts” post tonight on the ugly 7-2 loss. The good news is, at least there’s an off day tomorrow.
UPDATE — Per the beats, Elvis has a fractured elbow. I would guess he will be out 2-3 months.