Rangers activate Shin-Soo Choo

Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Shin-Soo Choo (17) and Jose Trevino, left, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. Orioles catcher Pedro Severino, bottom center, looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced prior to Sunday’s season finale against the Houston Astros that the club has activated outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the 10-day Injured List.  To make room for Choo on the active roster, the team has placed infielder Sherten Apostel on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to Friday, with lower back tightness.

Choo is in today’s starting lineup as the designated hitter, batting first in the order.

Choo has not played since September 7 at Seattle, when he left the game after suffering a right hand sprain while sliding into home plate in the 4th inning.  He has batted .229 with 5 home runs and 15 RBI this season.  Choo is at the end of a seven-year free agent contract that he signed with Texas on December 27, 2013.  Over seven seasons with the Rangers, he has produced a slash line of .260/.363/.428/.791, with 114 home runs, 355 RBI, and a 109 OPS+ figure.  Choo ranks among all-time club leaders in walks (9th, 419), runs (14th, 464), and times on base (15th, 1260).  He is also second in club history with 25 leadoff home runs, trailing only Ian Kinsler (29) in that category.

Apostel left Thursday’s game in the top of the second inning after a leadoff single by Houston’s Carlos Correa.  He has appeared in 6 games with 5 starts for the Rangers since he was recalled from the Alternate Training Site prior to Game 2 of a doubleheader on September 12 vs. Oakland.  At 21 years, 190 days old for his Major League debut in the second game of the September 12 doubleheader, he is the youngest player to see action for Texas this season.

The Rangers host the Astros today at 2:05 p.m. CT in the final regular season game at Globe Life Field in 2020.

From Rangers PR staff reports