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Choo Take Positive Swings Toward Playing Outfield on Opening Day



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    TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 10: Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers gets greeted by Shin-Soo Choo #17after hitting 2-run home run during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

    Right now Shin-Soo Choo can’t throw a baseball. But he proved again Monday that he can still hit one.

    Choo, who is battling a sore throwing arm that has kept him from playing the field since March 15, played in a minor league game and went 3-for-5.

    The Rangers can’t withstand any more negative injury news this spring training. And the fact that Choo feels well enough to swing a bat productively has to be a sigh of relief.

    Slated to be the Rangers’ everyday right fielder, he’s scheduled to play DH in a big league game today and said he plans to be in the lineup and in the outfield when the team opens the regular season April 6 in Oakland.

    The soreness in his arm is apparently from too much throwing early in camp.

    With the uncertainty in left field, the Rangers just simply can’t afford for him not to be healthy and productive in right.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.