HOUSTON -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to have a bone spur removed from his left elbow. On the same day, Alex Rios is expected to be back in the lineup after dealing with a badly bruised right thumb.
Rios was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Thursday despite telling manager Ron Washington he was ready to go. Washington decided to give Rios one more day, as Rios' willingness to play is not an indication that the thumb is any better.
"It's about the same," Rios said. "I don't want to miss any more time. It's not going to get any better anyway."
Rios has been dealing with both the thumb and a sprained right ankle since right after the All-Star break. He said the thumb is the bigger issue.
"What Alex is doing is difficult," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "He is trying to battle through it, and we appreciate it. The guy likes to be out there and prove to his teammates that he wants to be out there."
Choo has been dealing with a sore left elbow since Spring Training and, since mid-April, a sprained left ankle. The Rangers finally decided to shut him down so that he can have a normal offseason and be at full strength going into Spring Training. The Rangers expect that he will need two months of recovery before being able to begin his normal offseason program in mid-November.
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