Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was set to fly to Arizona Monday night after having his strained right calf examined by Dr. Keith Meister. Choo will play in five extended spring games in Surprise, Ariz., before beginning a minor league rehab assignment with Triple A Round Rock. The Express will bin Albuquerque this weekend. Choo hopes to play a few games there before playing a game with Double A Frisco in Midland before rejoining the Rangers in Houston May 20-22.
“I’m running close to 100 percent,” he said. “If everything feels normal [after five extended spring games] I’ll start my rehab assignment.”
Choo said the only thing left to test physically is the stress of the first step out of the batter’s box, in the outfield and on the bases. Choo says his calf feels fine but the stress of game action will offer the best assessment. Choo has been out with the injury since April 10.
“The first step is the most dangerous thing,” he said. “I’ll be testing it in Arizona.”