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After injury-filled seasons, Shin-Soo Choo could be DH option

Rangers right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo was limited to 48 games in 2016 because of injuries. He could be used as a designated hitter more in 2017.
Rangers right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo was limited to 48 games in 2016 because of injuries. He could be used as a designated hitter more in 2017. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he’s open to using outfielder Shin-Soo Choo as a designated hitter in 2017. With Prince Fielder no longer an option, the Rangers are looking for a bat to get most of the DH at-bats. Of course, Daniels bows to manager Jeff Banister to make those calls.

“I don’t think it has to be one or the other,” he said. “I think the DH can be flexible for a variety of guys.”

48Games played for often injured Shin-Soo Choo in 2016, his fewest in the past nine seasons.

Plus, Daniels said, Choo’s injuries in 2016, which included a broken arm, weren’t a product of him playing right field. Choo, 34, was limited to 48 games in 2016. He hit .242 with seven homers and 17 RBIs.

“There’s something to be said for reducing wear and tear,” Daniel said.

The Rangers have several outfield options going into 2017 and are still hoping to add a center fielder. Nomar Mazara, Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields join Choo looking for starting spots.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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