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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Shin-Soo Choo, Tanner Scheppers

By on 11/15/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Texas Rangers look to improve in most areas of the game following just 67 wins this past season. Pitching was the biggest weakness, as the Rangers ranked 28th in the Major Leagues in ERA. One key contributor to the poor season was a barrage of injuries, as only four players reached 125 games and no pitcher made at least 30 starts. There is good news on the injury front, as both Shin-Soo Choo and Tanner Scheppers feel they'll be ready by spring training.

I reported back on September 17 that Shoo, who had season ending surgery a few weeks prior, underwent ankle surgery.

Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reported that Choo is spending several hours a day at Globe Life Park rehabbing from his injuries. He ran at about 70 to 80 percent on Thursday and feels he'll be back to 100 percent before the end of the year.

Choo, in his 10th Major League season, finished with a 242 average with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 123 games.  Choo's best season was in 2010 when he hit .300 with 22 home runs and 90 RBI.  The veteran has played for the Mariners, Indians and Rangers and has a career batting average of .282 with 117 home runs and 467 RBI.

Our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported on October 18 that Scheppers, who had injury problems most of 2014, felt great following a recent bullpen session.

Scheppers now appears healthy and ready to pitch out of the bullpen after trying to work his way through pay he suffered in his second spring training start of this past season.

Next month, Scheppers will start a throwing program and will also work on upper body strength and conditioning that is required to become a reliever, as opposed to a starter.

Scheppers had struggled in eight games for the Rangers this season, allowing 31 hits, six home runs and 23 earned runs in 23 innings.   The 27-year old has a career record of 7-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 123 games.

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