In the future, the Rangers could refer to this as the Elvis Andrus Rule.
No tattoos applied during the season.
“Not if this is what it does to you,” manager Ron Washington said.
Andrus was scratched from Thursday’s 10-0 win against Cleveland because of “sensitivity” in the upper left biceps. The soreness arose after a tattoo artist spent nine hours over the previous days inking an elaborate tribute to Andrus’ late father, Emilio, on the arm.
“It’s on fire,” said Andrus, who soaked the area in a moisturizing balm. “No more tattoos.”
Andrus said he had wanted to create the ink memorial to his father for several years during the off-season but never found the ideal tattoo artist. He clicked with a Dallas-based tattooist and brought him out to spring training to do the procedure.
“It was do it now or never,” Andrus said. “I’m really proud of this. It’s something that’s going to be with me forever.”
The soreness prevented Andrus from swinging the bat, but he is expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s game against Seattle. He also will play Saturday before departing to join Team Venezuela in advance of the World Baseball Classic.
Venezuela manager Luis Sojo faces an immediate decision at shortstop. Andrus plans on starting, but Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera said he expects to be the starter.
Tattoo forces Elvis Andrus out of Texas Rangers’ lineup against Indians
Dallas Morning News | Mar 1