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Shin-Soo Choo | Outfielder | #17

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 207
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Shin-Soo Choo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after undergoing some dental work.
It doesn't sound like something that will keep him out of action for long. Choo is projected to serve as the Rangers' primary designated hitter this season. Mar 29 - 12:59 PM

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Shin-Soo Choo appears likely to serve as the Rangers' primary designated hitter this season.

Choo, 34, was limited to just 48 games last season and increased time out of the DH spot could help him stay on the field. He has expressed reluctance to being a full-time DH, but the Rangers plan to use Mike Napoli as their primary first baseman and hold a competition for left field. "I'm not thinking about that situation," said Choo. "We just started Spring Training. We'll figure it out. I've always wanted what the team wants. That's what I play for. Maybe some day [Banister] will talk to me. He hasn't talked to me yet." Jurickson Profar, Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields, Travis Snider, and Jared Hoying are among the candidates for left field duties.
Feb 16 - 6:47 PM

Shin-Soo Choo is on the provisional roster for South Korea in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang, Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, and Mariners first baseman/designated hitter Dae-Ho Lee are also on the roster that was released by the Korea Baseball Organization. While Choo is on the provisional roster, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that he hasn't made a final decision about playing. If he does play, he could miss a big chunk of spring training. The 34-year-old was limited to just 48 games this season due to injury and is expected to see more time out of the DH spot in 2017 in an effort to keep him healthy.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has indicated that Shin-Soo Choo could see lots of time in the designated hitter spot next season in an effort to keep him healthy.

"I’d prefer not to have a set DH," Daniels said. "Some of it is going to depend on health and what all we do. I think [Choo] takes a lot of pride in going out there defensively, but we need his bat in the lineup. That’s the priority." Choo made four trips to the disabled list in 2016, playing in only 48 games. He hasn't rated well in defensive metrics the last few seasons, anyway, so putting his bat in the DH spot to give him a better shot to stay on the field makes sense. Of course, a lot could depend on what the Rangers do this offseason, as Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez and Carlos Beltran are all impending free agents.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 09:57:00 AM

Shin-Soo Choo is starting in right field and batting ninth Thursday in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays.

Choo appeared in only 48 games during the regular season due to back, calf, hamstring, and forearm injuries, but he's getting the nod in the series opener of this best-of-five. The full Game 1 lineup for the host Rangers: Carlos Gomez LF, Ian Desmond CF, Carlos Beltran DH, Adrian Beltre 3B, Rougned Odor 2B, Jonathan Lucroy C, Mitch Moreland 1B, Elvis Andrus SS, Shin-Soo Choo RF. Texas will throw left-hander Cole Hamels against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister indicated Wednesday that Shin-Soo Choo will likely be on the ALDS roster against the Blue Jays.

The Rangers have yet to officially announce their roster, but Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes that Banister "heaped glowing praise" on Choo. The veteran outfielder just returned last week after suffering a fractured left forearm in mid-August. It's unclear what his role will be during the series.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Rangers activated OF Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day disabled list.

It had looked like Choo was done for the regular season when he fractured his left forearm in mid-August, but he's managed to make it back for the final series. He's in right field and batting seventh Friday, as Carlos Gomez has retained the leadoff spot for now. Nomar Mazara is on the bench.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday.

Choo is on the mend from a fractured left forearm sustained on August 17. In terms of his potential postseason role, it is more likely that the Rangers utilize him in the outfield than at designated hitter. But it's all up in the air at the moment. Choo was batting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases in 45 games before his latest disabled list stint. He has also missed time this season with back, calf, and hamstring injuries.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 08:28:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) took batting practice against live pitching on Saturday.

The Rangers are very hopeful that Choo will be active for the start of the ALDS, and it's not inconceivable that he could return in time to get a few at-bats before the end of the regular season. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a fractured left forearm.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 02:14:00 PM

The Rangers are increasingly hopeful that Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) could be back for the ALDS.

Choo was originally expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after undergoing surgery on August 17 for a fractured left forearm, but he's already been hitting off a tee and hopes to progress to soft toss on Tuesday. If all goes well, he'll progress to taking batting practice this weekend before getting some at-bats in the instructional league. The Rangers have been relying on a combination of Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara, and Delino DeShields in their outfield with Choo sidelined. The ALDS is slated to begin on October 6.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 08:16:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo will resume swinging a bat Friday after X-rays could no longer detect a fracture in his left forearm.

He's healed pretty quickly, as he just had surgery a month ago to have a plate inserted into his arm. Choo could hit off a tee Friday or Saturday and progress from there. It's unclear when he might be ready to return to the Rangers' lineup.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo played catch on Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his left forearm.

Choo fractured his forearm on a hit-by-pitch and underwent surgery to repair the injury near the end of August. The veteran outfielder is hopeful that he might be healthy enough for the ALDS, which would begin October 6. If he can make that date, he would beat his initial eight-week timetable for recovery by about a week. His availability for postseason play should become more clear as the month progresses.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) said Saturday that he hopes to make it back for the postseason.

Choo underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a fracture in his forearm and is expected to miss around eight weeks. Going by this timeline, the earliest he could return is October 12. However, he's holding out hope that he could be available for the ALDS, which begins on October 6. "I have a plan, I have a goal, I have the confidence," said Choo. "I still have a chance. I know the [regular] season is over but it’s still not over for 2016. If I hit in seven [weeks], maybe [earlier]." The Rangers signed Carlos Gomez after his injury and have installed him as their regular left fielder.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Shin-Soo Choo will have a plate inserted in his fractured left forearm on Wednesday.

Texas hasn't ruled him out for the year just yet, but this obviously isn't a minor procedure and it will likely come with a lengthy period of rest and rehab. Choo suffered the forearm fracture Monday when he was hit by a pitch. The veteran outfielder has been limited to 45 games in 2016.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Rangers placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his left forearm.

Choo suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch during Monday's game. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but obviously he's at risk for missing the rest of the season at this point. The Rangers are calling up Ryan Rua to take his place on the active roster, but Jurickson Profar figures to see an uptick in playing time in the Rangers' lineup.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4Steven Lerud
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Delino DeShields
2Jurickson Profar
3Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Joey Gallo
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Mike Hauschild
Relief Pitcher
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Keone Kela
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Dario Alvarez
10Jose Leclerc
11Anthony Bass