Should Shin-Soo Choo be on the disabled list?
By David Cash
The Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo really hasn’t been the same since he sprained his left ankle back on April 21. The injury happened during the Oakland Athletics game in the 7th inning with the scored tied 3-3. Overall, it looked like another run to first base. But, right after his foot hit the bag Choo was in pain from the sprain.
Watch: Shin-Soo Choo injures his ankle running to first in the top of the 7th and exits the game
After Choo left that game he didn’t play again until April 28, (missed 5 games). It was speculated that he might land on the disabled list then, but he battled through the pain and returned to play.
Jun 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo (17) sits on the ground after nearly being hit by a pitch during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
When Shin-Soo Choo was signed, he was set to be the regular left fielder for the Texas Rangers. Now he looks more like the regular designated hitter. He has now filled that spot 27 times this season. Which is the most for the club over Mitch Moreland; who comes in second with 20 times in the designated hitter spot.
For a team that has been plagued with injuries this season it seems like it would make sense to place Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list. It would allow his sprain to properly heal and get him back to full speed. Besides, at this point in the season they should be planning for next season. There isn’t any reason to allow Choo to further damage his ankle now. Especially if the Texas Rangers still see him as their left fielder next year.
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If the Rangers don’t see him as their left fielder next year, then they might have a log jam of designated hitters next season. Looking to 2015, Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo could all be filling in that role.
But, hopefully that will not be the case. If Choo is able to get healthy again, he’ll be able to play left for a few more year. But, now is the time to start planning that.