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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Shin-Soo Choo leaves game with sore ankle

By on 5/25/2014 12:15:00 AM

The Texas Rangers took left fielder Shin-Soo Choo out early as a precaution, reports T. R. Sullivan of Leading 8-1 at the time (eventually defeating Detroit 12-2), and with Choo's ongoing left ankle issues, there was little reason for him to stay in the game. Choo said he is not sure if he'll be able to play on Sunday. Choo is hitting .309/.432/.497 (OPS+ 156) with six homers and 15 RBI. He was replaced by Michael Choice.

Choo, a career .289/.391/ .466 hitter in his tenth major-league season, was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in the year 2000 out of Korea. He made his debut on August 21, 2005. The Mariners traded him in July 2006 to the Cleveland Indians for Ben Broussard and cash. He spent seven productive years as Cleveland's right fielder and then went to the Cinncinati Reds as part of a three-team trade also involving the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds already had a right fielder (Jay Bruce), so they played Choo in center, where he did not shine. However, his offense more than made up for any deficiencies, as he posted a .423 OBP, along with 21 homers, 54 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 107 runs scored, accumulating 5.2 fWAR.

Now in his age-31 season, Choo signed was signed by the Rangers in December 2013 to a seven-year $130 million contract that takes him through 2020. The veteran outfielder's great skill in getting on base (often by means of the hit-by-pitch) make him the ideal lead-off hitter for Texas.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats

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