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17 Shin-Soo Choo RF
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 7/13/1982 | Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $7,375,000 | Owned/Started%: 84/76 | Average Draft Position: 184.31
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Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo keys big third in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) One might have figured that hot-and-cold Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had gone from hot to cold with his recent 3-for-21 slide.

Not so fast.

Choo played a huge role in a Saturday trouncing of the Yankees. He did his damage in a monster third inning, getting it started with an RBI single and hitting a three-run homer to end it. He also walked and scored in the sixth.

His slugging percentage is at .456.


Rangers flip Delino DeShilds, Shin-Soo Choo in Friday order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Emerging Rangers left fielder Delino DeShields continues to climb the lineup ladder. He is batting leadoff Friday night for the second time this season and first time since April 15.

He is flip-flopping with Shin-Soo Choo, who will bat second against the host Yankees. He has not held down that position since April 13.

DeShields has scored 13 runs in his last 14 games, during which time he has raised his batting average from .154 to .279. He is, however, on a 3-for-16 slide.


Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo crushes sixth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 at the plate in Texas' 10-8 loss to the Indians on Saturday.

Choo did his damage in the third inning when he ripped a lead off home run over the right field wall off of Danny Salazar, his sixth of the season. Choo also tripled in the first and later scored.

Choo is now hitting .248 with 17 RBI in 121 at-bats this season.


Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo snaps 14-game hit streak; longest in AL


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 5 in Friday's loss to the Indians to snap a 14-game hitting streak -- the longest in the American League this season.

Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo red-hot at the plate in May


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo continued his season turn-around in Thursday's loss to the Royals. Choo had three hits in four at-bats and has now hit safely in every game this month. That would be a 14-game hitting streak for Choo, during which he his 22 for 59 at the plate.

Choo's hot hitting in May has raised his batting average from .096 on April 27 to .243 after Thursday's performance. 


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo homers Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday.

Choo kicked off the scoring by leading off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, and he drove in his team's last run of the day on a fourth-inning groundout. He's homered in two straight games and picked up multiple hits in four straight.

"Better than the first month," Choo said after the game, per the Dallas Morning News. "Probably more confidence in the batter’s box. A lot of my teammates tried to help me, and especially (manager Jeff) Banister. He believed me, trusted me, gave me the opportunity."

Choo owns a .224/.317/.449 line with five home runs and 16 RBI in 107 at-bats.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo hits homer in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit his fourth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 7-6 loss to the Royals in 10 innings. 

Choo hit his solo home run in the bottom of the first inning on a 1-0 pitch. Choo finished the game 3 for 5 with two singles. He's now batting .214/.311/.417. 

Choo has recorded a hit in 12 consecutive games, turning his poor start around once the month of May rolled around. He struggled to open the year, only totaling five hits in the month of April. 


Shin-Soo Choo doubles twice in Rangers' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 in Sunday's win over Tampa bay. 

Choo doubled twice, giving him nine for the season. He's now hitting .183. 


CF Leonys Martin (wrist) returns, hits seventh in Rangers' lineup Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Leonys Martin (wrist) is back in the starting lineup for the Rangers Saturday, playing center field and batting seventh.

Martin had injured his wrist while attempting a diving catch in a game and has been out since May 5.

Martin had batted leadoff for the Rangers prior to his injury but right fielder Shin-Soo Choo will remain hitting first for Saturday's game.

Martin was hitting .221 before the injury, with five doubles and six stolen bases in 25 games.

In addition, Adam Rosales will get his second consecutive start at second base in place of the slumping Rougned Odor(3 for his last 30).


Rangers Leonys Martin won't hit leadoff when he returns


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin should return to the lineup soon, but he won't return to the leadoff spot right away. 

Martin has missed four games with a wrist injury. Shin-Soo Choo has batted leadoff in his place. Choo is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, and the Rangers are undefeated with him at the top of the order. 

"I like the look from Choo right now," manager Jeff Banister said, per MLB.com. "He is aggressive with his swing and working the count. He's got some traction going and there is some synergy. We'll see how that looks. That doesn't mean Leonys won't make it to the top at some point."


Rangers might be willing to move OF Shin-Soo Choo


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Rival teams believes Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo could be availabile in a trade this summer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, Heyman believes it is hard to imagine anyone making a big play now, even though his offense is starting to improve.

Rangers personnel believe Choo's seven-year, $130 million contract, which he signed after the 2013 season, may be weighing on him. Heyman suggests the Yankees, who offered Choo a similar contract before he signed with Texas, could be a potential trade partner for Choo, if the veteran outfielder continues to makes progress offensively.

Choo is batting .269 with two home runs, five doubles and six RBI in six May games after batting .096 with one double, one home run and five RBI in April.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo hits homer in win over Astros


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run home run in the second inning of Wednesday night's 11-3 victory over the Astros. 

Choo took a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall that also drove in Delino DeShields. Though he hit a homer, he finished the game 1 for 5 with three strikeouts. He's now hitting .154/.264/.346 for the season. 


Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo drives in lone run in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) It's been a rough start to the season for Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, but he provided the lone bright spot in Texas' 7-1 loss to the Athletics on Sunday, with an RBI double in the ninth inning. 

Choo is hitting just .141 on the season, but has hit safely in three straight games to raise his average from a dismal .096 mark on April 27. Choo has hit three of his four doubles on the year in the last three games. 


Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo finally coming alive


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Maybe - just maybe - Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is coming around.

He did some stirring from his early-season hibernation Friday night with a double that ended an 0-for-21 slump. He really came alive Saturday with another double, as well as a three-run homer in the seventh that tied a game Texas eventually won.

Choo has a long way to go to bring his stats up to respectability, but he has improved his slash line to .131/.264/.279.


Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo breaks 0-for-21 slump on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo broke an 0-for-21 slump Friday with a fourth-inning double in the Rangers' loss.

Choo is hitting .107 on the season.

Shin-Soo Choo returns Friday to Rangers lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Struggling Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is back in the lineup Friday against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir after a two-game absence.

Choo, who had been batting seventh recently, is holding down the sixth spot despite managing just one hit in 12 at-bats against southpaws this season.

Not that he is battering righties. Choo has just five hits in 52 at-bats all year and has one hit since April 14.


Rangers concerned about OF Choo's on-going struggles


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) The struggles of Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have been well-documented. Through the first month of the season, Choo is batting an alarming .096 with only two extra-base hits (a double and a home run). 

The Rangers are obviously concerned about Choo, especially considering the $130 million contract they signed him to prior to the 2014 season. The team still believes in his talent, but also feels he may be pressing due to the contract, reports CBS Insider Jon Heyman.

It may be difficult to trade Choo thanks to the large contract. But, as Heyman notes, the Yankees could potentially be interested, should the Rangers decide to try and move him. 


Ice-cold Shin-Soo Choo sits out second straight game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was not included in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day on Wednesday against the Mariners. Choo, who has struggled at the plate, has not played since Monday. He is hitting .096 (5 for 52) with one home run, one double and five RBI in 16 games. 

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Mariners with Jake Smolinski filling in, according to MLB.com. Manager Jeff Banister wants Choo to take the day off Tuesday to work on his mechanics at the plate and "unplug." He is considering giving him a second day off Wednesday as well.

Choo started the last nine games in a row and is hitting .096 with five hits in 63 plate appearances, the lowest among qualified hitters. Smolinski isn't hitting much better, posting a .111 average in 36 at-bats.


Rangers' Choo working through some major offensive struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) It doesn't matter where Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo bats in the lineup these days -- he still can't buy a hit

Choo, who was dropped to seventh in the batting order Saturday, went 0 for 4 on Monday against Seattle, extending his hitless slump to 20 at-bats. He last got a hit April 19.

"You watch him and he's definitely not getting the desired results," manager Jeff Banister said of Choo, per MLB.com. "It's been a challenge for Choo this month. He continues to work. He continues to study."

Choo is batting .096 (5 for 52), which is a league-low among qualified hitters. His only multihit game came on April 9. 

"This is a guy that has proven to be a professional hitter, lifetime .290 hitter, this is a guy that we believe in what he's going to be," Banister said. "This has been a tough stretch for him."


Rangers' Banister continuing to show confidence in Shin-Soo Choo


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is off to a slow start in 2015, compounding the offensive problems he had in his first season with Texas in 2014. Since signing with Texas, Choo is batting .234 with a .364 slugging percentage in 134 games.

"He's working really hard to find that rhythm and timing," manager Jeff Banister told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "He's been working hard, the stroke is fine. He'll break out."


Rangers' Mitch Moreland a no-go Saturday in Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland took early batting practice, but was held out of Saturday's lineup against Seattle with a left elbow injury, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Moreland sat out of Friday's game against the Mariners with a sore elbow that could require minor surgery, according to an earlier report from MLB.com. The team will know more about his status in the coming days.

"There is some soreness still, but it's not locking up," Moreland said to the Dallas Morning News. "If it continues to lock up, then the answer is obvious. But if there are no issues with it, there are no reasons in my mind to mess with it. I can deal with soreness. You deal with a lot of soreness throughout the year."

Shin-Soo Choo will serve as a designated hitter and bat fifth, while Carlos Peguero will fill in in right field and bat seventh against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (back) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

Choo left Friday's game with upper back spasms and has been out of the lineup for the last two days. The Rangers are also keeping designated hitter Mitch Moreland and catcher Robinson Chirinos out of Sunday's lineup.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+110) against the Astros Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo (back) sits out Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was held out of the starting lineup Saturday night against the Astros.

Choo exited Friday's game with upper back spasms. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first and was removed at the start the third inning. Choo is hitting .231 (3 for 13) to start the season. Jake Smolinski got the start in Choo's place.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo departs Friday with upper back spasms


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was forced out of Friday's contest against the Astros with upper back spasms, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Choo struck out swinging in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first and was replaced by Jake Smolinski in right field to start the third inning. He is hitting .231 (3 for 13) to start the season. The team has considered him day to day moving forward, per the Telegram.