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Rangers notes: Choo, Oviedo dealing with sore arms

Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo  makes a catch during a spring training game. Choo will take time off from the outfield after being diagnosed with triceps tightness in his throwing arm.
Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo makes a catch during a spring training game. Choo will take time off from the outfield after being diagnosed with triceps tightness in his throwing arm. Star-Telegram

The Texas Rangers can’t seem to escape arm troubles.

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, was caused by overuse in the off-season and during the first month of spring training.

Choo will only be used as a designated hitter for the next several days.

Right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has biceps tendinitis and will be sidelined for a couple of days and be re-evaluated.

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.

Choo had elbow surgery last August to remove a bone spur.

“The reality is Choo is an exceptionally hard worker. This off-season 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 off-season throwing plan to Meister, who “connected the dots” and determined that it’s likely just fatigue.

He is expected to be back DHing soon and in right field with ample time to get ready for Opening Day.

Gallo’s battle

Joey Gallo may not make the big league club for another season, but a couple of tough games in San Antonio don’t mean he’ll be moved down to minor league camp, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

A year ago in spring training, Gallo came up for one big league game and struck out five times in six at-bats. He was promptly sent back to minor league camp.

Banister doesn’t roll that way.

“I would never take a guy out of an A game based on the previous day’s performance, unless I just thought it was a complete lack of focus and he got emotional about it and needed one of those days to reassess and evaluate where he was at,” he said.

Banister has been impressed with Gallo, who has handled himself well in his first big league camp.

Until this weekend at the Alamodome, including against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke on Saturday, Gallo had shown a consistent approach at the plate and a better command of the strike zone.

Against the Dodgers, Gallo was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts Friday and Saturday against the Dodgers.

The chances were slim to begin with that Gallo, 21, would crack the major league roster in 2015. Adrian Beltre is holding down the every day job at third base.

Banister said Gallo still has much to learn.

“He’s a young guy, battling his rear end off,” he said.

“You’ve got to to learn to battle. I think Joey has done a tremendous job of battling at the plate.”

Learning to deal with a bad few days at the plate is also part of Gallo’s maturation process.

“There is growth in every situation. There is growth for him in coming off a day like that,” Banister said. “How does he respond? This is a tough game. The best hitters in the game have had days like that and they re-saddle up and get back out there and grind through it.”

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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