Choice wins fourth outfield spot

Choice wins fourth outfield spot

SURPRISE -- The Rangers informed rookie outfielder Michael Choice on Wednesday that he has made the club. Choice was impressive from the first day of camp and went into Wednesday's game against the Mariners hitting .367 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

"Making the 25-man roster is one of the hardest things to do," Choice said. "It's an awesome feeling."

As a right-handed hitter, he gives the Rangers some balance in the outfield. Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and center fielder Leonys Martin are left-handed hitters, as is designated hitter Mitch Moreland, who can also play the outfield.

Jim Adduci, who was Choice's primary competition, is still in camp and was hitting .325 for the spring going into Wednesday's game. But he is a left-handed hitter and the Rangers wanted a right-handed hitter as their fourth outfield. Engel Beltre, another outfield candidate, is being placed on the 60-day disabled list. He is sidelined with a fracture in his right tibia.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.