Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Texas Rangers’ prized free-agent acquisition in the off-season, will have surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and won’t play again this season.
The Rangers have known about the bone spur since spring training, and in July decided that they would shut down Choo in early September. But with him dealing with a flu bug — he didn’t make the trip to Safeco Field — the Rangers chose to place him on the disabled list and recall outfielder Michael Choice.
Choo finishes with a .242 batting average, 13 homers, 40 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage. He was signed for seven years and $130 million, and the Rangers believe he has more to show in future seasons.
“The reason we’re going to do it [now] is it’s about a six- to eight-week recovery and by the end October he would be 100 percent and have completely “normal” off-season,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We want everyone 100 percent for 2015.”
Choo also played through a sprained ankle much of the season, and Daniels said that injury won’t require surgery.
Manager Ron Washington wouldn’t use the injuries as an excuse for Choo’s sub-par performance, saying that Choo wouldn’t either.
But Washington said that Choo showed admirable resolve in dealing with the injuries and struggles.
“In this game, sometimes when things go south it’s hard to correct,” Washington said. “His first year was a strong one in the sense that with all the adversity that he went through and had never been through in his career, he didn’t shut it down. He kept fighting. He never made excuses. Sometimes you learn more from those types of things than the successes. We know he’s going to be a successful ballplayer.”