OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 21: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by Alex Rios #51 after Choo hit a lead-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at O.co Coliseum on April 21, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Shin-Soo Choo made his return to the starting lineup exactly one week after he left a game in Oakland with an ankle sprain.
After a pinch-hit appearance on Monday night, Choo was back in the Texas Rangers' lineup on Tuesday night as a designated hitter and hitting in the leadoff spot, where he's excelled so much through his first month in a Rangers uniform.
And just like clockwork, Choo was an on-base machine, reaching base all four times he stepped to the plate with a single, two walks and a leadoff hit-by-pitch to start the game. Just awesome.
After his game Tuesday night, Choo is now sporting a .452 on-base percentage to go with a .319 batting average, and it's a big sigh of relief for the Rangers that they were able to avoid a DL stint for their starting left fielder. It's likely Choo will DH again in Wednesday's series finale before the Rangers hit the road to start a weekend series in Anaheim.
Hopefully by Friday when they play the Angels, Choo will be back in the field, where Michael Choice struggled so badly in his place on Tuesday night.