Andrus played in Venezuela on Tuesday
Shortstop Elvis Andrus made his first winterball appearance in a few years on Tuesday, getting the start at shortstop for the Navegantes del Magallanes. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Dominican Winter League
Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan earned his first save for the Aguilas Cibaenas after he struck out four batters in two scoreless innings. Yan walked one and plunked one but didn’t allow a hit.
Licey’s Engel Beltre went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his club’s 11-0 win over Cibao. Gigantes third baseman Leury Garcia was hitless in four at-bats, striking out once. He also committed his seventh error of the winterball campaign.
Hanser Alberto, who saw action as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter for Cibao, singled in his only plate appearance.
Venezuelan Winter League
Appearing in his first LVBP game in a few years, shortstop Elvis Andrus batted seventh for the Navegantes del Magallanes on Tuesday. Andrus went 0-for-1 but drew a pair of walks. He was also caught stealing.
Andrus’ double play partner with the Magallanes is Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. He’s also playing alongside former Rangers outfielder Endy Chavez, who batted leadoff for the winterball club on Tuesday.
Lara’s Guilder Rodriguez didn’t get a plate appearance on Tuesday, though he did enter as a late-inning defensive replacement in left field.
Yangervis Solarte played left field for Aragua and went 1-for-4 with a double, his seventh, and two RBI. Solarte, an infielder by trade, committed his third error.
Left-hander Joe Ortiz came out of the bullpen for La Guaira and didn’t retire any of the three batters he faced. Ortiz gave up two runs on two hits (a single and a double) and a walk.
Mexican Pacific League
No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Tuesday.
Puerto Rican Winter League
The Leones de Ponce fell to 4-15 after losing yet another game on Tuesday, this time to Carolina. Left fielder Jared Hoying (0/3) and catcher Kevin Torres (0/2) combined to go hitless in five official at-bats. Torres dropped down a sacrifice bunt.
Dominican reliever Anyelo Leclerc, who worked the eighth inning for Ponce, surrendered a solo home run to Carolina slugger Kyle Blanks. He also struck out two while yielding that one run in one inning.
Australian Baseball League
As usual, the Australian Baseball League is taking the midweek off before returning to action on the weekend.
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