Elvis Andrus has flexor tendinitis

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has flexor tendinitis, which the club said is localized soreness in his forearm, and will not play in games for the next few days while the area calms down.

Andrus said he's had forearm soreness for a few days, but isn't concerned.

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

Andrus also said that if his injury had occurred during the season, he'd play through it.

"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."

Levine said Andrus has not received an injection.

Andrus was trying to play through the soreness. But after Andrus made an uncharacteristic throwing error in Friday's 11-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League play -- a throw that was looping and well over the head of first baseman Prince Fielder -- the Rangers decided to shut him down for a few days.

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

"Once we saw that (throw), we decided we'd try to address this head-on instead of while he was continuing to play."