Seattle Washington. On Monday the Texas Rangers have placed on the 15 day disabled list outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, 32. Choo will not be able to play baseball for the remainder of the 2014 Major League Baseball season since he will be needing an operation to remove bone chips from his left elbow. The surgery to repair the injury to Choo’s left elbow will take place in Texas in the middle of September.
Choo has nine years of playing in the Major Leagues since he made his debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2005. Choo has also played Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds before he signed a seven year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers as a free agent before the start of the 2014 baseball season.
The Rangers are currently in fifth place in the American League West Division. Since they have no chance to make the playoffs this year, the Rangers have decided to have Choo sit out the rest of the current baseball season.
Choo has also battled an ankle injury to go along with his elbow injury on his throwing arm. Choo will be replaced in the Rangers 25 man roster by outfielder Michael Choice, 24. Choice will be promoted from the Round Rock Express baseball team. The Express is the AAA minor league team of the Rangers.
The Rangers will be playing their younger players for the remainder of the current baseball season. The Rangers are hoping that Choo will be able to return to play baseball in 2015.
News sources: Associated Press and ESPN Dallas Fort Worth