Texas Rangers

Choo OK sitting out Rangers’ finale at Oakland


Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was on the bench Thursday for the series finale at Oakland Coliseum for a scheduled day off after he played three consecutive games after coming off the disabled list from a strained left hamstring.

Choo went 3 for 10 with a homer and five walks, so he did plenty of running around the bases and was active in the outfield. While he wants to play every day, he was on board with manager Jeff Banister’s decision after essentially two months on the DL because of the hamstring strain and an April calf strain.

“Everybody wants to play every day,” Choo said. “But just off the DL, he and I are on the same page. It’s a long season. We better take care of today.”

Choo said that he has talked with Adrian Beltre about how to manage a hamstring injury, and Choo said that he will play at around 80-90 percent for a few weeks to make sure he protects the leg.

Beltre returned to the starting lineup Thursday for the first time since June 8 at less than 100 percent as he nurses a strained left hamstring.

Banister expects Choo to play throughout the three-game series at St. Louis as well as the first three games of the next homestand before a June 23 off day. Prince Fielder will get at least one game at first base during interleague play, and he got a warm-up game there Thursday.