09/07/10 11:06 PM ET
Rangers look to end woes against AL East
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
If the Rangers are going to rebound the next two days and salvage a four-game split, they will have to do it without Elvis Andrus. Washington said the shortstop will not return to the lineup until after the club's series in Toronto.
Andrus, who strained his right hamstring Saturday, ran sprints at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, but Washington said he'd like to keep his shortstop off Toronto's turf.
"He went down and hit today," Washington said. "I certainly don't want him out there messing around, taking ground balls and stuff right now, because it doesn't take much on that turf for it to tighten up, and we need to get Elvis right."Blue Jays: Lewis is ready to return
Toronto manager Cito Gaston said before Tuesday's win that Fred Lewis was available to play, but Gaston opted to keep Lewis out of the lineup for another day. It was the fourth straight game Lewis has missed due to a hyperextended right elbow, which he injured on Sept. 1.
After being available only to pinch-run, Lewis now can hit whenever the skipper decides to put him back in the lineup.
"He's ready to go. He said he's OK right now," Gaston said. "He can play any time I put him back in the lineup."
Lewis is batting .262 with eight homers and 36 RBIs.Worth noting
Tuesday's victory was Gaston's 900th of his career. Some sources, however, credit him with 881 victories, subtracting the 19 wins the Blue Jays collected in 1991 when he missed 33 games while having back surgery. Bench coach Gene Tenace led the team, but Gaston was still officially the manager.
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