Shin-Soo Choo tested his sprained left ankle by running sprints from home plate to first base on Monday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers outfielder said he felt continued improvement in his ankle, however, was not ready to start. Instead, he’ll be available off the bench for the first time since exiting last Monday’s game at Oakland with a sprained left ankle.
Choo could return to the lineup on Tuesday, manager Ron Washington said, and would likely get back into the mix as the designated hitter.
“I’m very close,” Choo said. “Every day I feel a lot better.”
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