Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rangers' Choo Day-To-Day

The Texas Rangers got good news Tuesday about left fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
The team had feared that Choo would be put on the disabled list with a serious high ankle sprain, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed a sprained left ankle. 
Choo did not play on Tuesday or Wednesday and is considered day-to-day. The team's disabled list is already very full and they have no plans to add him. 
Team physician Dr. Keith Meister looked at Choo's MRI results and gave the Rangers the good news before the game Tuesday evening against the Athletics.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said of the situation, "We view this as very positive news considering, as high ankle sprains from our past experience... are a little more of a lengthier time frame for recovery."
Choo sustained the injury at the top of the seventh inning Monday night when he tried to run out an infield hit and hit the base hard with his left foot. 
The Rangers already have 10 players on the disabled list and in the immediate past, results from MRIs have brought bad news. 
"We're hoping that this is an indication that we're heading in the right direction from an injury standpoint," Levine said. "We're kind of long overdue for some positive news back from the training staff. This is certainly a silver lining to what was a concerning injury that we thought we had last night. We feel very optimistic that hopefully Choo is a vital part of this team and will be back on the field soon."
The team called up right-hander Nick Martinez to start Tuesday night's game and they cleared a spot on the 25-man roster by sending Hector Noesi for assignment. By doing this, the Rangers now have a spot open on the 40-man roster in case Choo takes longer than anticipated to recover and they need to add a position player. 
"These types of players, I think you give them every opportunity to play if the medical staff feels it's going to be within a reasonable time frame," Levine said. "We're willing to be patient and wait provided that [manager Ron Washington] doesn't feel it leaves him too limited."
The Rangers hope to activate third baseman Adrian Beltre from the disabled list tomorrow, but it doesn't mean that Choo has to be better by then. 
"I don't think we view it that those two are linked, necessarily," Levine said. "I think we're prepared to make other moves if we need to... We would wait if we can. If we felt as if the light at the end of the tunnel was bright and the tunnel's not too long, we're going to wait."
Reference: ESPN
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