Elvis Andrus will be sidelined several days due to flexor tendinitis

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Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will be sidelined for “several days” due to tendinitis in the flexor tendon of his right arm, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Andrus was trying to play through some early soreness, but the Rangers decided to shut him down after he made an awkward throw to first base during yesterday’s Cactus League game against the Royals. While Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine isn’t concerned about the situation, they are hoping that rest will do the trick.

“I think he’d like to play through it,” Levine said. “But we decided to take matters out of his hand. Once we saw that, we felt like we should address it and knock it out. Elvis was probably trying to protect himself, but rather than let Dr. Andrus do it, I think we’re going to protect him.”

This is another situation to watch in the Rangers’ middle infield, as Andrus’ new double-play partner, Jurickson Profar, has been limited this spring due to right shoulder tendinitis.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.