SEATTLE Shin-Soo Choo will meet the Texas Rangers on Monday and be at Oakland Coliseum after completing a rehab assignment Saturday night, but there is no guarantee that he will be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
One possible reason is that A’s left-hander Sean Manaea, who beat the Rangers last month, is holding lefty hitters to a .152 average while right-handers hit him at a .317 clip.
But the Rangers are still waiting to decide if third baseman Adrian Beltre needs a stint on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Sunday was the fourth day since he was injured, and Banister said that Beltre could get a few more days.
Darvish’s status could also affect the timing of the decision.
Choo went 9 for 23 with two walks over parts of seven games with Double A Frisco and Round Rock. He played nine innings in right field on back-to-back days Friday and Saturday.
“The test of the innings, running in and off the field, the bases, everything that goes into the grind of what it takes to play in the outfield, he’s been tested pretty good,” manager Jeff Banister said.
When Choo is activated, he will be play right field and push Nomar Mazara to left field, and could become the leadoff hitter. Banister said that he likes having Ian Desmond bat second.