Texas invites Andrus to Spring Training
Rangers rookie to compete for Opening Day shortstop job
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is not on the 40-man roster yet, has been officially invited to Spring Training.The Rangers announced on Tuesday that Andrus and first baseman Justin Smoak, who was their first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, have been invited to big league camp. Andrus was in camp last season. This time he'll be going to Arizona to become the Rangers' Opening Day shortstop, with the plan being to switch Michael Young to third base. Young is still opposed to switching positions and the situation remains unresolved. It is also not guaranteed that Andrus will be the Opening Day shortstop. The Rangers still have Joaquin Arias as an alternative. "He has to win the job," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It won't be given to him." The Rangers also announced that they are inviting their top two Minor League pitchers, Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz, as well as catchers Manuel Pina and Kevin Richardson. All six will be in camp as non-roster players.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.