Choo Shin-soo's struggles continue after sliding injuryA trying season has taken a turn for the worse for Choo Shin-soo.
The Korean designated hitter for the Texas Rangers sprained his right wrist in a slide during the fourth inning of an 8-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Monday.
Choo suffered the injury sliding into home plate, as he tried to score from first on Joey Gallo's double. He was safe at the plate as he got around catcher Luis Torrens' tag, but jammed his right hand into the ground on the play. He stayed on the ground and grabbed the wrist immediately in obvious pain.
Texas manager Chris Woodward said afterward X-rays came back negative, showing no structural damage.
"Fortunately, they didn't find a break, which I was a little worried about," Woodward said.
The loss was the Rangers' sixth straight.
Choo, 38, is in the final year of his seven-year, $130-million deal with the Rangers. He was involved in some trade speculation prior to the Aug. 31 deadline.
He's batting only 0.229/0.317/0.394 this year in 32 games, with five home runs and 15 RBIs. He has also ceded his leadoff spot so that the team can develop younger players there.
Despite declining production, Choo has said he could play for another year or two, and Woodward said he appreciates what Choo can provide on and off the field.
"He's a really good example to show our younger guys, the at-bat quality on a daily basis and how to prepare," Woodward said. "The dialogue with him on a daily basis, how he goes through it with each at-bat, each pitcher, talking on the bench. Those things are invaluable to these guys. They need to hear it.”
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