Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will take a break from throwing for several days after being diagnosed with triceps tightness in his throwing arm.
Rangers teams physician Dr. Keith Meister thinks the soreness, or muscle fatigue, is likely because of overuse in the offseason and during the first month of spring training.
Choo will only be used as a designated hitter for the next several days. He wasn’t expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has biceps tendinitis and will be sidelined for a couple of days and be reevaluated.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said neither injury was deemed serious.
“We trust our medical staff to tell us when we should feel alarm and when we shouldn’t and in this case they have not given us that indication,” Levine said.
Choo was the designated hitter in a B game Friday morning. He went 1 for 3 with a walk. Levine said Choo is expected back in right field “very soon” with “ample time to get ready for Opening Day [April 6].”
Oviedo will get treatment the next couple of days.
“The reality is Choo is an exceptionally hard worker. This offseason he threw a ton,” Levine said. “He’s obviously an extremely important player for us so we’re going to monitor it.
Choo described his offseason throwing plan to Dr. Meister, who “connected the dots” and determined that it’s likely just fatigue.
But as far as we’re told he should be back DHing here very soon and out in right field with ample time to get ready for Opening Day.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760