The Cleveland Indians have once again placed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on its 15 day disabled list, this time with a strained left oblique. To replace Choo, the Indians have recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Triple-A.
Choo initially sustained the injury on August 23 during the second game of Cleveland’s doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners. After sitting out the following game, Choo made a late appearance during the club’s series opener with the Royals last Friday.
Choo said he didn’t feel any discomfort during warm-ups Friday. After taking another round of pain-free batting practice Saturday, Choo was back in the lineup for the Indians.
However, his return was short-lived. Choo was forced to exit the contest after he aggravated the oblique injury while swinging.
Yesterday marked the second time Choo has hit the disabled list this year. Back on June 24th, Choo was hit in the hand by a Jonathan Sanchez fastball and missed a month and a half of action with a broken left thumb.
The timing of the injury couldn’t be worse for Choo, as the 29 year old really seemed to be getting comfortable at the plate since returning earlier this month. In his 12 games played this August, Choo has hit at a clip of .348/.412/.609 with 5 extra base hits and 8 RBI’s.
His efforts helped boost his numbers a bit, but on the year Choo’s production has been far below what’s become expected of him. Choo has only managed a line of .260/.345/.391 in his 84 games this season.
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