Players often have to sit on the bench for common baseball maladies like muscle pulls, tendinitis, or bursitis. But now we can also add “tattoo soreness” to the list of problems creeping into MLB spring training, as was the case today when Texas Rangers' shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched from the lineup against the Cleveland Indians in Ariz. because his newest tat was causing him some discomfort, sensitivity and muscle soreness, according to USA Today.
Andrus had the day off from play yesterday, which is when he decided on the new ink, which hadn’t quite healed by today.
One look at Andrus’ tattoo and anyone would believe there would be significant soreness involved.
The work of inked art encompasses most of Andrus' left arm from shoulder to elbow. It’s an elaborate piece of work that “features a large face as a tribute to his late father, with crossed baseball bats underneath the face,” according to ESPN.
"Elvis has been working hard, and having another off day isn't going to hurt him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He'll be ready tomorrow."
Andrus has played for Texas since being traded from the Braves in 2007. Last year he batted .275 for the Rangers.