Pregame Notes: Choo plays in RF

July, 21, 2014
Jul 21
6:12
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NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo will make his first start in right field for the Texas Rangers this season in Monday’s game against the New York Yankees.

It’s Choo’s first appearance in right since 2012 when he played for Cleveland.

The Rangers are forced to make this move with regular right fielder Alex Rios out with a sprained right ankle.

Choo, hitting .236 with nine homers and 33 RBIs, has played with a sore left ankle since April that’s attributed to his poor season.

“I’m not thinking about it that it’s been bothering me,” said Choo, who noted he’s not comfortable playing right field. “I made a bad decision (by not going on the DL) and that’s what happened I tried to come back as soon as possible and that’s what happened.”

Choo has either played left field or DH for the Rangers this season and was signed to boost the power of this lineup.

Yet, Choo has struggled and is currently on a 21 at-bat hitless slide and hitting just .116 with 16 strikeouts the last 11 games. His average has dropped
from .254 to .236.

In the last 40 games, Choo is hitting just .173.

“The ankle is not going to get well until he gets off it,” Ron Washington said. “It can get better, but it’s not going to get well until he gets off it. We are fortunate in a sense that he’s fighting through it and he’s not using it as an excuse, but at certain times it's affected him. When you decide to play the excuse for your ankle is gone.”

Rios does some running: Rios, who sprained his ankle swinging the bat in Toronto on Saturday, ran on the treadmill at a 10-minute pace on Monday. Rios said he expects to swing the bat in the cage on Monday and will make himself available to pinch hit.

Washington normally gives injured players an extra day of rest before re-inserting them into the lineup. So, Rios, if cleared, most likely will return on Wednesday.

“It hurt a little bit,” Rios said.

Rios’ name has surfaced in trade talks with several teams and general manager Jon Daniels has said he’s willing to speak with teams regarding players who entering their free agency year. The Rangers have a $13.5 million club option with a $1 million buyout on Rios.

Rios said he won’t talk about trade talks.

Adduci gets another chance: The Rangers activated 1B/OF Jim Adduci and optioned right-hander Matt West to Triple-A Round Rock Monday afternoon. Adduci had two hits and a RBI Sunday at Triple-A Round Rock. In four games, during his rehab assignments, Adduci went 5-for-15 with three RBIs. Adduci hasn’t’ played in the big leagues since he fractured his left pinkie finger April 17.

Base Hits: Rangers ace Yu Darvish said he met Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka on Monday. ... RHP Nick Martinez is scheduled to start on Tuesday. The Rangers have to make a roster move to clear room for Martinez, who spent time on the disabled list since July 2. ... The Rangers will honor retiring Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter on July 30th -- the finale of a three-game set between the clubs.
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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RA. Beltre 77
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