SEATTLE Shin-Soo Choo has seen enough improvement the past three days in his sprained left ankle that he expects to avoid joining the long list of Texas Rangers players on the disabled list.
The left fielder and leadoff hitter ran for the first time since he was injured Monday at Oakland, and felt pain in his heel as he pushed off. He didn’t feel pain while hitting in the batting cages at Safeco Field or throwing.
The Rangers are willing to give him through the weekend to show that he can be ready to play, but they also don’t want to leave manager Ron Washington short-handed on the bench.
Neither does Choo.
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“Nobody wants to go on the DL, but I don’t want to cause any damage to the team,” Choo said. “Probably a couple more days. I don’t know, but I don’t think that it’s 15 days.”
Michael Choice started for the third straight game in place off Choo, and the return of Adrian Beltre from the disabled list caused another lineup shuffle against Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias.
Beltre batted third after batting fourth before he was injured April 8. Prince Fielder moved to the cleanup spot, where he has batted much of his career, and Alex Rios went back to the No. 5 hole.
Manager Ron Washington said that he might stick with that alignment, especially against lefties, and could stick with it against right-handers, too.