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Wash's Wisdom: Andrus getting close

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will work out Tuesday in Oakland and if all goes well and he feels like he's ready to play, manager Ron Washington said he'll have him in Wednesday's starting lineup against the A's.

"If he feels ready to go, we will give him one more day just to be safe," Washington said Tuesday on his weekly appearances on the Fitzsimmons & Durrett Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

Andrus has missed two straight games because of lower back spasms that popped up during Saturday's game against Minnesota. The Rangers have lost both games against the Twins and A's.

Washington could try to rush Andrus back Tuesday night with the American League West race tied up now, but with a day game on Wednesday, it's better to give Andrus one more day with the quick turnaround. And with just 25 games left in the the regular season.