Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 days ago

Choo, who is in a major slump, was dropped to seventh in the Rangers' order Saturday.

This is the first time Choo has been that low in a lineup since 2008, and the drop down is warranted. He is hitting just .119 and slugging just .214, and should probably be on benches for the time being in shallower leagues.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels, according to Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake.

Choo will be held out Wednesday in order to get another right-handed hitter in the lineup against Angels starter Hector Santiago. Jake Smolinski will get the start in right field in Choo's place.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo will bat fifth Tuesday against the Angels.

Choo will fall back down to the No. 5 spot after an 0-for-4, three-strikeout showing in Monday's loss, as Mitch Moreland moves up to the two-hole. The 32-year-old Choo has bounced between the two lineup spots in the early going, but manager Jeff Banister may keep him lower until he gets on track.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo (back) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Choo appeared to be a likely candidate to return to the lineup after playing seven innings off the bench in Sunday's 14-inning loss. He'll slot in second in the lineup as the back issue he dealt with the past few days now seems to be behind him.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo (back) entered Sunday's game as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game to play right field. He went 0-for-1 in three trips to the plate, grounding out, drawing a walk, and getting hit by a pitch.

The game went 14 innings and Choo entered in the eighth, so he appears to be trending in the right direction after leaving Friday's game with back spasms and getting held out of the lineup Saturday. Based solely on Sunday's workload, Choo should be an option for owners facing a weekly lineup decision Monday, but the official word on his presence in the starting lineup as the Rangers begin a series against the Angels will likely come Monday afternoon.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo (back) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.

Choo will miss his second straight contest after leaving Friday's game with back spasms. Sunday's Rangers' outfield will be composed of Delino DeShields, Leonys Martin and Jake Smolinksi.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo (back) said he was feeling "much better" as he left the clubhouse Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Although Choo did acknowledge still feeling some tightness after the game, his improvement is encouraging. The news on the Rangers' other two players who left Friday with injury, Ryan Rua (ankle) and Derek Holland (shoulder), was not nearly as good, as both appear headed to the DL. Consider Choo day-to-day for now.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Choo left Friday's game against Houston with spasms in his upper back, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Choo struck out swinging in the bottom of the first inning and was replaced in right field by Jake Smolinski prior to the top of the third. The Rangers are saying Choo is merely day-to-day, but his availability for the rest of this weekend's series is uncertain. Expect Smolinski to continue filling in if Choo misses additional time.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

Choo is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

Jake Smolinski gets the start in right field with lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound. The Rangers are paying Choo too much money to platoon him in right field, but he does have a career .242/.337/.342 slash line against southpaws, so it should not be surprising when he gets the occasional day off when a righty isn't on the mound.

Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

Choo (triceps) played right field in Tuesday's spring training game against the Cubs.

Choo took the final step in his recovery from a minor triceps injury, returning to the field earlier this week. He should be fine for Opening Day, and the Rangers are slated to face just one lefty during their four-game, season-opening series in Oakland.