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Choo Comments on Timeline to Return
Saturday, Aug. 27
“I have a plan, I have a goal, I have the confidence,” Choo said, per Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I still have a chance. I know the [regular] season is over, but it’s still not over for 2016. If I hit in seven [weeks], maybe [earlier].”
Latest on Choo's Recovery Timeline
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Choo will be out indefinitely after having a plate inserted in his left arm on Wednesday.
Choo Provides Quality Power Bat When Healthy
This is yet another physical setback for Choo this year. He went to the disabled list with a back injury in July after already spending time on the DL with a strained hamstring and calf ailment in April.
The 34-year-old veteran has struggled some at the plate as a result. He was slashing .250/.369/.421 with seven home runs and 17 RBI this year entering Monday's game.
He does have a solid track record to fall back on, despite his health concerns this year. He slashed .276/.375/.463 in 2015 for Texas and drilled 22 home runs. It was his fourth season of his career with at least 20 long balls, and he also counts three different campaigns with a batting average of .300 or better.
When healthy, Choo brings pop to the Rangers order, but they will have to look elsewhere until (or if) he returns as they attempt to maintain their positioning in the playoff race in the American League West.
Nomar Mazara is one candidate in his first full season in the majors. He has brought power of his own to the Texas order when given playing time and has 13 home runs in 2016. Mazara will likely have the opportunity to add to those totals with even more playing time given this injury to Choo.