SEATTLE -- Rangers outfielder Michael Choice returned to the big leagues on Tuesday and manager Ron Washington had a chat with him before facing the Mariners.
"I talked to him today about this being a fresh start," Washington said. "He has made adjustments. He still has to clean it up a little bit, but his head is in the right place. He's not confused."
Choice is here because Shin-Soo Choo is on the disabled list with a bone spur in his left elbow that will require season-ending surgery. In 43 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Choice was hitting .267 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs and a .460 slugging percentage. He was hitting .333 with two home runs and nine RBIs in his last seven games.
Choice began the season with the Rangers but was optioned to Round Rock after hitting .177 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and a .318 slugging percentage. Choice got off to a bad start and was never really able to find himself. He went to Round Rock and said it was almost like starting from scratch.
"I went back to the drawing board, looked at video and reinvented my approach and my mechanics," Choice said. "I cleaned up a lot of things that had created bad habits. Go back and understand what hitting is and be able to put yourself in a good position to hit and in position to be successful.
"I'm taking it as coming back up here with a clean slate. Obviously my stats will be on the board but I'm not going to pay attention to that. I'm taking the approach that we're starting from scratch and it is a whole new season."
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.Less