Elvis Andrus (wrist) out again

Updated: June 28, 2011, 11:08 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

HOUSTON -- Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left wrist.

Andrus played catch prior to Tuesday night's 7-3 win against the Houston Astros for the first time since injuring the wrist on Friday night.

Andrus was injured while attempting a head-first slide into second base in the fifth inning of Friday night's victory over the New York Mets.

Andrus, hitting .316 in his last 19 games, said over the weekend the wrist was feeling better but doubted he would play during the three-game set against the Astros.

He hopes to play Friday night when the Rangers open a three-game set with the Florida Marlins.

However, Andrus said he is able to pinch run and maybe do some fielding as a late defensive replacement.

"I want to be pain free," Andrus said before the game. "But I know I'm going to deal with some pain."

Before batting practice, Andrus played catch with manager Ron Washington in front of the Rangers dugout as head athletic trainer Jamie Reed watched. Andrus played catch with his left wrist taped. He said he felt good after doing some hitting on Tuesday afternoon.

Andrus said he's about 60 percent.

"Just warmup a little bit, throw some balls and move my wrist and it feels great," he said. "Maybe another day off, come back Thursday, maybe Friday. The day off [on Monday] helped a lot. I put some ice on it when I'm in my room and it helped me out. I'm glad the injury wasn't as worse as it was and hopefully it will stick together."

Andrus had an X-ray on Friday and said he didn't need a MRI because there was no inflammation.

Also, Washington said starter Alexi Ogando will make his scheduled start on Friday against the Marlins. Washington had said there was a chance Ogando, who has lost his last three starts after a 7-0 start, could miss a turn in the rotation.

"We'll discuss some options after that," Washington said. "But we just want to make sure and see how things go Friday. We discussed other options."

First baseman Mike Napoli (on DL with strained left oblique muscle) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. If all goes well, Napoli would return for the start of the Baltimore Orioles series which starts July 4.

Calvin Watkins is a columnist and reporter for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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