According to numerous reports from the local beats, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is out for the rest of the season to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. The news has seemingly been inevitable for the last couple of months, because something has clearly been wrong with his performance since June, though most feared it was due to an ankle issue. It brings some degree of peace that there was an actual injury issue and not, well, that Shin-Soo straight-up forgot how to hit a baseball.
After an outstanding first couple months, Choo has batted just .207/.281/.313 (62 wRC+) since May 27th, which spans 334 plate appearances and no trips to the disabled list. Unironically, since Shin-Soo has been so bad -- both offensively and defensively -- the Rangers may actually stand to gain half of a win while he's out of the lineup over the next month.
This closes the book on a dreadful 2014 campaign for Choo, who checks out with a .242/.340/.337 (98 wRC+) triple slash line with 13 HRs and a career-low 3 stolen bases. Blame the elbow, blame the ankle, but I'll have a tough time being convinced that this season is a sign of things to come over the next few years of his contract.
Shin-Soo Choo is still owed $116 million over the next six years.