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MLB notebook: Rangers shortstop Andrus sidelined by tattoo soreness

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The Rangers' Elvis Andrus (right) is tagged out by White Sox shortstop Steve Tolleson as Andrus tried to steal second during spring training game Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP)
By The Associated Press
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched Thursday because of what the club called “sensitivity in his left arm” — apparently caused by a tattoo.

Andrus spent nine hours the two days before the spring training game against the Indians under a needle. He wanted a likeness of his late father, Emilo Andrus, who died in 1996 when Elvis was 7.

Andrus told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he'll be ready to play Friday. He said: “It's a memory of my dad. I'm really proud that it's going to be on myself forever.”

The tattoo covers most of Andrus' left arm from the elbow to shoulder. It apparently will be his last. He said “I'm done with this, too much pain.”

Rivera tosses 1st simulated game

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring.

“I feel good,” Rivera said. “I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger.”

The 43-year-old pitched one inning against Yankees minor leaguers. He also fielded and covered first base.

Cards Beltran, Westbrook injured

Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the Cardinals' clubhouse moments apart in an 8-2 victory over the Marlins.

Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee on a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman in the second.

Giants OF Torres hurt

Giants outfielder Andres Torres won't play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique.

Torres, 35, helped San Francisco win the World Series in 2010 and rejoined the Giants in December.

Mets LHP Feliciano OK'ed to return

Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has been cleared to resume baseball activity while wearing a heart monitor.

Mets manager Terry Collins says he thinks Feliciano still will have enough time in spring training to get ready for the start of the season.

Indians drop concession prices

The Indians announced the rollback of concession prices at Progressive Field this year. Team president Mark Shapiro said it came in response to fans who have called for more affordable food and drink at the ballpark.

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