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17 Shin-Soo Choo LF
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 7/13/1982 | Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $7,375,000 | Owned/Started%: 57/20 | Average Draft Position: 166.02
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Rangers' Banister talks about Choo's move to right field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister spoke about moving Shin-Soo Choo from left field to right field for the first time Friday, MLB.com reports.

"We think he'll be more comfortable in right field," Banister said.

Choo spent six years in right field with the Indians but played center field with the Reds in 2013 and left field in most of his first season with the Rangers. He'll have less ground to cover in right field than left during Rangers home games.

"It doesn't matter to me where they put me. I can play all three positions," Choo said.

Choo is returning from elbow and ankle surgeries. He hit .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs,40 RBI and just three steals in 455 at-bats last season.


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo won't push himself early


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo isn't going to go all out yet, according to MLB.com.

Choo had season-ending elbow surgery last August, but feels pretty good in camp. He's been able to participate in every drill with outfielders thus far, but added that he's not going to push himself too hard. "It's a long Spring Training," Choo said. "There are going to be some days when I'm sore, but no issues. I'm not worried about it."

Choo, 32, hit .242/.340/.374 over 445 at-bats last year. 


Rangers' Banister: Choo 'passing the eye test' during workouts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister is pleased with how outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is progressing coming off elbow and ankle surgeries, per MLB Network Radio.

"I've seen Choo work out just about everyday here in Arlington," Banister said. "(He is) moving around well. He looks really good and passing the eye test."

Choo had a down year in 2014 after signing a seven-year, $130 million contract with Texas last offseason. The 32-year-old Choo hit .242 with 13 home runs, 19 doubles and 40 RBI in 123 games. He also had just three stolen bases after managing at least 20 stolen bases in four of the previous five seasons.


Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo making progress in rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) With six weeks before the start of spring training, Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (elbow) told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday that he's feeling "too good" in rehab from ankle and elbow surgeries. Choo, who was cleared for all baseball activities recently, is primed to move from left field to right field next season.

The 32-year-old hit just .242/.340/.374 over 455 at-bats in 2014.


Rangers' Banister: Choo 'most likely' moving to RF in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Thursday outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will "most likely" move to right field in 2015. Choo primarily played in left field last season for Texas and was the Reds' starting center fielder in 2013, but he played primarily in right field from 2008-12 with the Indians.

Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo running at about 70-80 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is running at about 70-80 percent, according to FoxSports.com.

Choo had ankle surgery in September, and is working his way back. He expects to be running at 100 percent next month. The 32-year-old hit just .242/.340/.374 over 455 at-bats.


Shin-Soo Choo to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle to repair torn cartilege Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Choo won't begin his running program for six-to-eight weeks while recovering from the surgery. He was ruled out for the season in August due to bone spurs in his elbow.


Shin-Soo Choo out the rest of the season due to bone spurs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season due to bone spurs in his left elbow, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Choo will have surgery to fix the issue. The surgery could happen as soon as Friday depending on how soon Choo is able to get over the flu. In his first season with the Rangers, Choo has struggled. He's hit just .242/.340/.374 over 455 at-bats. 


Shin-Soo Choo slugs 13th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-3 loss to the Royals Saturday.

Choo led off the bottom of the first inning with his home run but went hitless over the remainder of the game. He has hit .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 455 at-bats.


Three Rangers clear waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Three Rangers have cleared waivers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are now all eligible to be traded in the coming days. That doesn't seem likely, considering their big contracts and importance to the Rangers franchise. Neal Cotts was also placed on waivers, which are expected to expire tomorrow. There's a higher chance he gets dealt. 


Shin-Soo Choo hits 12th home run Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit his 12th home run Saturday against the Angels.

Choo struck in the fourth inning. He took an 83 mph changeup out to left center for a solo home run. Choo finished 1 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Shin-Soo Choo homers for second time in five games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo homered for the second time in five games during a 6-2 win Sunday at Houston. Choo, who struck out three times, collected his only hit when he led off the seventh inning with a home run.

Choo extended his hitting streak to six games Sunday. Though, he has been on a nice run since late July. He is batting .291 with two home runs, four doubles and four RBI in his last 19 games.


Shin-Soo Choo finally slugs 10th homer of year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) A homer drought that lasted more than a month for Rangers disappointing left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is over. He smashed one over the fence in the sixth inning of the Tuesday night dismantling of the White Sox.

Choo also doubled for his first two-hit game in two weeks. He owns a stat line of .238/.345/.363. His slugging percentage is 99 points lower than what he achieved with Cincinnati in 2013.


Shin-Soo Choo still 'not really comfortable' with sore ankle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo said Monday that he's still "not really comfortable" with his chronically sore ankle, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Choo admits that he tried to come back from his ankle injury in April too quickly. "I made a bad decision," he said. "But I wanted to come back as soon as possible. I was more aggressive. But I just want to play the whole year."

Choo will play in right field over the next few days to help manage the stress, giving himself less area to cover than at his normal position in left field. However, manager Ron Washington downplayed the notion Choo would move to the position more permanently.


Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Rios both out in Canada


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rangers outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios are both sitting Sunday in Toronto.

The latter is out with an ankle injury while Choo is simply getting a rest. The All-Star break did not help Choo emerge from an extended slump. He is 0 for 8 against the Blue Jays and hasn't had a hit since July 10.


Shin-Soo Choo won't play the outfield in Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) With concerns about having him playing on FieldTurf, Rangers manager Ron Washington will keep Shin-Soo Choo from playing the outfield at all during the team's three-game series in Toronto, MLB.com reports. He's also expected to receive a day off at some point during the series in order to give Adrian Beltre an opportunity to serve as a designated hitter. 

Shin-Soo Choo needs to 'get himself back mentally'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington kept slumping outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup Sunday, saying Choo needs to "get himself back mentally," reports the Dallas Morning News. Shoo is hitting .152 over his lst 33 at-bats.

Shin-Soo Choo clubs eighth home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Orioles Thursday.

Choo is coming off an ugly June in which he hit just .179/.278/.242 with one home run in 95 at-bats, but he's 3 for 9 with a homer and three walks in his first three games of July. Overall, the outfielder has hit .254/.374/.391 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 284 at-bats.


Shin-Soo Choo clubs homer, drives in two


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014)
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo accounted for all of the team's offense Saturday, in a 3-2 loss to the Angels.

Choo opened the game with an RBI groundout in the first inning, and then bookended it with a solo home run to sent it to extras in the ninth. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored.

Choo has been solid, but not exactly what the Rangers expected so far this season. He is hitting .252/.382/.393 in 69 games, with seven home runs and 37 runs scored. 


Shin-Soo Choo finally breaks loose in defeat of Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo broke out of a long slump in style Wednesday night against Miami. He slugged a three-run double in the third inning and RBI single in the fifth to key the offense in a shutout victory.

Choo had been a mess since the calendar turned to June. He had just one hit in his 27 at-bats during the month to lower his average from .289 to .256. His four RBI against the Marlins were his first since May 29.


Shin-Soo Choo will continue to hit third


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has hit third for three straight games and will stay there, manager Ron Washington told MLB.com. With Mitch Moreland out with an ankle injury, the team has no better option.

Choo is in a 2-for-32 skid but owns a career .280 average batting third, the website said.


Shin-Soo Choo slugs bases-clearing double in Thursday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Rangers leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo went hitless playing left field Tuesday and Wednesday. But he broke out of his mini-slump Thursday as a designated hitter.

Choo provided the key hit in the win in Minnesota, an opposite-field, three-run double with two out in the second inning that opened the scoring. He added a single in sweetening his stat line on the year to .297/.423/.465. His OBP ranks fifth in the majors and second in the American League.


Shin-Soo Choo 'going to have to manage' ankle soreness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Rangers are well aware outfielder Shin-Soo Choo might deal with a sore ankle the rest of the season, as a result of suffering a sprained ankle April 21 against the A's. Choo, who left Saturday's game due to ankle soreness, was in the lineup at DH Sunday against the Tigers.

"He said he was a little sore, so we took him out," manager Ron Washington said, per The Dallas Morning News. "The minute he said he was sore, I thought we would end up making him the DH [Sunday].

"He’s going to have to manage it all year. There are some days it’s going to bother him more than others. And in this park, against this team, he’s going to do a lot of running."


Shin-Soo Choo in lineup as DH Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is in the starting lineup Sunday, leading off and serving as the designated hitter in his team's game against the Tigers.

Choo was removed from Saturday's game with ankle soreness with his team up 8-1. The Rangers don't have a scheduled off-day this week, so Choo could see a few more games at designated hitter than usual if his ankle continues to bother him. Unfortunately, the Rangers are set to travel to an NL park for next weekend's series against the Nationals.


Shin-Soo Choo exits game with ankle soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was removed from Saturday's game against the Tigers for precautionary reasons with left ankle soreness, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Choo was 1 for 3 with a walk before coming out of the game, which he did with his team up 8-1. He's been excellent atop the Rangers lineup this season, hitting .309/.434/.493 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 152 at-bats.