The Texas Rangers got a serious scare on Monday night when left fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo stepped awkwardly on the first base bag while trying to beat out an infield hit and removed himself from the game with an ankle injury.
Choo attempted to go back out in the field after having his ankle taped by the Rangers' training staff but decided he couldn't go, giving way to Michael Choice. Crippling fear set in wondering if the Rangers were losing yet another key cog in their lineup to the disabled list, which currently has 10 players on it.
An MRI Tuesday revealed Choo's ankle was simply sprained and not a victim of the dreaded, more serious high ankle sprain, and the Rangers are listing him as day-to-day, saying nothing more than he will not play in Wednesday's matinee in Oakland before a Thursday off-day and a Friday game in Seattle, for which third baseman Adrian Beltre is set to return from the 15-day DL.
So far this year, Choo is hitting .314 and sports an on-base percentage of .432 in his first season with the Rangers.
"We view this as very positive news considering, as high ankle sprains from our past experience ... are a little more of a lengthier time frame for recovery," assistant GM Thad Levine told reporters in Oakland.