Shin-Soo Choo left in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game in Anaheim with reported soreness in his left ankle, but is not expected to miss more time.
“It’s not really bad,” Choo said, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But it’s not comfortable to play the outfield.”
Friday was his first start in left field since April 21.
He walked off the field without favoring the ankle as the Rangers took their defensive positions in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Robertson replaced him in left.
Choo hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, his third hit and second RBI of the night. He also led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to center field.
A sprained left ankle sidelined Choo for a week at the end of April. He made his return to the starting lineup on Tuesday in the designated hitter capacity. He made a pinch-hit at-bat on Monday against the A’s.
Manager Ron Washington said before Wednesday’s home game that Choo was anxious to play left field, but that he wouldn’t put him in his usual left field spot until Friday.
The Rangers held a three-run lead when Choo left the game, so the move may have only been precautionary. It was announced earlier Friday that Kevin Kouzmanoff would have surgery on a herniated disc in his back Tuesday in Los Angeles and is expected to miss 2-3 months. He will go on the 15-day disabled list.
Choo avoided the DL with the left ankle injury in April.