Choo un­der­goes shoul­der surgery

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

Texas Rangers’ South Korean out­fielder Choo Shin-soo has un­der­gone shoul­der surgery but should be ready for spring train­ing, his club an­nounced.

The Rangers said Fri­day (lo­cal time) that Choo, 37, had a mi­nor pro­ce­dure to re­move dam­aged tis­sue in his left shoul­der, adding that the nor­mal re­cov­ery pe­riod is six weeks.

“It’s a rel­a­tively mi­nor pro­ce­dure with a time­line our med­i­cal staff be­lieves will al­low him to have a nor­mal off­sea­son,” the Rangers gen­eral man­ager Jon Daniels said in a state­ment. “We ex­pect he’ll be 100 per­cent be­fore Spring Train­ing.”

Choo set a ca­reer high with 24 home runs in 2019 while adding 15 steals. He played in 151 games, his most since play­ing with the Cincin­nati Reds in 2013. He started 80 games in the out­field, 61 as des­ig­nated hit­ter and 10 as a pinch hit­ter.

He is en­ter­ing the fi­nal sea­son of his seven-year, $130 mil­lion deal. Choo has re­mained con­sis­tently pro­duc­tive at the top of the Rangers’ or­der past his mid-30s.

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