Rangers GM Jon Daniels says decision on Shin-Soo Choo still pending
Shin-Soo Choo’s inclusion on the postseason roster is still being determinedTexas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday.
Choo was 2-for-12 in the last three games, his first since having surgery to repair a fractured left forearm. Choo feels healthy, but said he understands if he’s not on the roster. He could potentially be included on the roster if the Rangers reach the AL Championship Series or the World Series.
Daniels said the Rangers may not announce their AL Division Series roster until the 10 a.m. Thursday deadline.
Still, Daniels praised Choo’s effort to return nearly three weeks ahead of schedule.
“I think it falls right into that category of unselfishness, guys putting the team first and going all out,” he said. “They care about their teammates, they care about the fans, they care about trying to come here and finish the job. That always stood out to me with Choo when he’s had a couple of these freak injuries and has been on the DL. This is not a guy that is content because he has security with a contract. He feels like he has an obligation to the organization, to the fans and everyone to be apart of it. That’s the attitude we love to see.”
Beltre salutes fans
Rangers players were off Monday and will work out Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We’ve got to stay sharp,” Adrian Beltre said. “We’re waiting to see who’s going to come over. But for the most part, we’ll just practice a little and prepare for the team we’re going to face.”
Beltre was pulled by manager Jeff Banister at the start of the fourth inning Sunday to a large standing ovation from Rangers fans.
“I wanted our entire team and fan base to recognize a great baseball player and future Hall of Famer,” Banister said. “I wanted him to feel the love of our players and fans. He is a masterful player.”
Beltre did not know it was coming. He tipped his cap to fans as he reached the dugout. He batted .300 for the sixth time in his career and fourth time with the Rangers.
“They’re like our 26th man,” he said, referring to the fans. “We really appreciate their support and we want to thank them.”
Beltre will begin the 2017 season 58 hits shy of 3,000, nine doubles shy of 600, 29 RBIs shy of 1,600 and 55 homers from 500.
The Rangers’ ALDS will have an umpiring crew led by Joe West. It includes Lance Barksdale, Cory Blaser, Chad Fairchild, Sam Holbrook and Hunter Wendelstedt. Joe West has ejected three of the five AL managers in this year’s postseason, including Banister on Sept. 19, the Blue Jays’ John Gibbons on May 22, and the Indians’ Terry Francona on Sept. 4.
The ALDS games will be broadcast on TBS. Brian Anderson will call the action for Rangers games, with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson and reporter Matt Winer. Ernie Johnson and analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. and reporter Sam Ryan will do the Indians-Red Sox. The National League Division Series will be broadcast on FS1 and MLB Network.