Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Texas Rangers will miss outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the rest of the season as he is scheduled to undergo surgery to have a bone spur removed from his left elbow Friday.
Choo has been bothered by elbow problems since Spring Training although he has been trying to play through both that and a sprained right ankle. The Rangers called up outfielder Michael Choice from Triple-A Round Rock to replace him.
The Rangers want him to get the elbow cleaned up because the recovery time is two months. They want him back at full strength by Nov. 1 so he can go through a full, normal offseason conditioning program.
“It cleared up for the most part after Spring Training,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “It bothered him on long throws and hard throws. He was aware of it. We want to get it completely cleaned up.”
Choo, who signed a seven-year, $130 million contract as a free agent this offseason, finished his first season with the Rangers hitting .242 with 58 runs scored, 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, a .340 on-base percentage and a .374 slugging percentage.
Aside from Choo, the Rangers could also miss injured pitching ace Yu Darvish for the rest of the season.
Daniels admitted that the calendar is starting to work against the Rangers at this point as Darvish has not resumed throwing.
Darvish, who is on the disabled list with mild inflammation in his right elbow, last pitched on Aug. 9 and the longer he goes without throwing, the harder it will be for him to pitch again this season.
“The way we left it is that once he is cleared by Dr. Keith Meister, he’ll get another MRI,” Daniels said. “If that MRI is clear, we’ll let him get back out there.”
“But once a guy is down for three weeks, he’s not going to go right back into a big league game. So the calendar is not working in his favor,” he added.