Rangers notes: Decision looms on Shin-Soo Choo

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Left-hander Matt Harrison is expected to come off the disabled list Sunday, and the Texas Rangers will have to make a move to clear spot on the active roster for him.

Placing Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list is one possibility.

The left fielder said on Saturday that his sprained left ankle isn’t getting any worse, but he continued to feel enough discomfort when running to not be an active player for the remainder of the series at Safeco Field.

General manager Jon Daniels said last week that the Rangers are willing to give Choo more time to recover and avoid a DL stint, and they can wait 10 days to backdate a DL move. But they also don’t want to leave manager Ron Washington with a short bench.

Rookie shortstop Luis Sardinas’ roster spot is another possibility for Harrison, but Washington declined to comment which way the Rangers were leaning.

“We haven’t decided who it is yet,” Washington said. “We’ve discussed some things, but I don’t have any specifics for you.”

Choo said that he grew frustrated Friday sitting helplessly on the bench as the Rangers lost 6-5 to Seattle, which needed a diving catch and double play by Justin Smoak on a bases-loaded liner by Adrian Beltre to secure the win.

Choo said that he feels like he is handicapping the team. If he were to pinch-hit, for instance, another player would be needed to pinch-run for him, costing the Rangers at least two players.

“It’s not easy sitting in the dugout,” Choo said. “I really appreciate Wash and JD waiting on me. No one wants to go on the DL.”

Pitchers mending

Left-hander Derek Holland took the next step in his recovery from January microfacture surgery on his left knee when he threw live batting practice Saturday at the Rangers’ complex in Surprise, Ariz.

Holland said that he has also been taking pitchers fielding practice during his stay in Arizona, and the only difficulty he is having is with trying to stop quickly after running to cover first base.

He returned to Arlington to rejoin the club when it returns Monday for a quick three-game homestand against Oakland. He will likely need two or three more sessions of live BP before beginning a medical rehabilitation assignment.

Left-hander Joe Saunders (bruised left ankle) is also throwing live batting practice and taking PFPs. Right-hander Tanner Scheppers (elbow) is still within the 10-day window of inactivity after he was placed on the disabled list April 18.

Pitchers hitting

Interleague play arrives for the first time this season May 5-6 at Colorado, so the pitchers who may have to hit at Coors Field have started taking early batting practice.

They were back at it Saturday after also hitting last week at Oakland. Left-hander Robbie Ross and right-hander Nick Martinez, a middle infielder in college, were the class of a group that also included lefty Martin Perez and relievers Aaron Poreda and Shawn Tolleson.

“I did all right,” said Martinez, who hasn’t batted since his final game at Fordham in 2011. “I’m not as good as I used to be.”

Perez and Ross are on track to start the games in Colorado.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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