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Rangers’ Choo struggling with a series of injuries

Texas Rangers’ right fielder Choo Shin-soo is struggling once more early in the season. But while last year Choo was caught in a slump, this time it’s an injury.

As of Tuesday, Choo was again on the disabled list. Choo was initially listed after April 9 when he injured his right calf. After undergoing a 40-day rehab, Choo returned on May 21 during the game against Houston Astros. However, he complained of pain in his left hamstring this time while running the bases. Choo was substituted out of the game and missed the next two on May 22 and May 23. It was initially thought he would return by May 24, but the team decided to play it safe and put him on the 15-day disabled list.

At this point, Choo’s return is up in the air. The Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels told local media that he might need three to four weeks before returning to the stadium, just like Delino DeShields who also injured his hamstring last year.

So far this year, Choo has only appeared in six games for the Rangers with a batting average of just .188 with only three hits and one runs batted in. At the beginning of last season, Choo’s batting average was similarly low at .096, though he went on to contribute to the team’s success in the second half of the season.



GOLF

Kim eyes the Olympics after climbing in Rolex Rankings

Kim Sei-young of Korea climbed up in the Rolex Rankings to the fourth among female golfers, boosting her chances of playing in the upcoming Olympics.

According to the Rolex Ranking announced on Tuesday, Kim’s average point score was 6.26 and her world ranking climbed to fourth, three steps higher than before the Kingsmill Championship last weekend. Kim is now second among Korean golfers, behind world No. 2 Park In-bee.

Although Kim is a brilliant golfer, her performances have been inconsistent. After winning the JTBC Founders Cup in March, Kim’s season went downhill. She ranked 24th in the next event at Kia Classic and failed to make the cut in the ANA Inspiration, the first major event of the season. Although she tied for seventh during the Lotte Championship, she failed to make the cut once more in the next event at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Kim decided she need to take a step back and take a break after finishing seventh during the Volunteers of American Texas Shootout in late April. Skipping the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic that took place in early May, she took two weeks off, working on her shots and physical condition before coming back to finish third at the Kingsmill Championship.

After last weekend’s event, Chun In-gee also rose in world rankings to seventh place while Amy Yang went down to eighth. Kim Hyo-joo also went from 13th to 14th.


By Choi Hyung-jo

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