DETROIT -- Shin-Soo Choo was at designated hitter on Sunday, one day after coming out of the Rangers' 12-2 victory over the Tigers in the sixth inning with a sore left ankle.
Sunday marked the ninth time in 24 starts that Choo has been used at designated hitter since he sprained the ankle on April 21 against the Athletics. The Rangers are resigned to the idea that Choo will need more time at designated hitter than originally planned because of the ankle.
"He is going to have to manage it all year," manager Ron Washington said. "Some days are going to bother him more than others. In this ballpark and against this team, he has been doing a lot of running out there."
Choo also tried stealing third base in the first inning on Saturday. Mitch Moreland was at the plate and struck out on a full-count pitch. Choo was originally called safe but the call was overturned after a replay review.
Either way, Washington said it was not a smart play and sliding hard into third base did not help the ankle.
"If you do go, all excuses are off," Washington said. "You have to make it."
Choo went into Sunday's game hitting .403 on the road, the highest average in the Major Leagues. He had a .513 on-base percentage and a .629 slugging percentage.
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