Shin-Soo Choo returned to the outfield Monday for the Texas Rangers, though in the less-taxing right field at Yankee Stadium than in his usual spot in left field.
The change was to continue to take it easy on his left ankle, which was sprained in April. Choo continued to play without going on the disabled list, but he wishes he could have a do-over.
Choo said that not going on the DL was a mistake, one he regrets as he goes through the worst stretch of his career. The All-Star break helped, but more time was needed three months ago.
The Rangers have had 21 players visit the DL this season.
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“I made a bad decision,” Choo said. “I should have had more rest instead of trying to come back as soon as possible.”
Choo entered Monday in an 0-for-21 skid, the longest hitless stretch of his career that had dropped his batting average to .236. He hopes to give the ankle more of a test to see how he and it responds.
“I want to push it in the second half and find out,” Choo said. “I don’t want to play the second half like I played the first half.”