Outfielder Michael Choice returned to the Texas Rangers’ lineup Wednesday after curiously getting a day Tuesday even though a left-hander started for the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Ron Washington, though, wanted to give the slumping rookie a “mental day,” a ploy he has used often to give a young player a chance to take a breath and slow down whatever might be racing through his mind.
But Choice, the Mansfield Timberview High and UT-Arlington product, said that he has gotten over being bummed out and instead takes a fresh approach into each game.
“I’m over that ‘down’ stage,” said Choice, who was batting .180. “It gets to a point where you go home and get tired of that feeling. Whether you go 4 for 4 with four bombs or o for 4e, the next day is going to be a blank page anyway.”
Washington has no plans to limit Choice’s playing time. Washington said that Choice, who started in left field and batting ninth, continues to put in the necessary work and is running through some tweaks that could help him bust loose.
“I don’t think he’s getting overwhelmed,” Washington said. “I know people look at the average. The kid is working, he’s making some adjustments, and we’re going to give him a chance.”