6/20/2014 5:56 P.M. ET
Washington not concerned about Choo's bat
By Earl Bloom / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Friday he isn't concerned by outfielder Shin-Soo Choo's prolonged cold spell "because he has a track record."
Choo is in a 7-for-53 drought, but had hits in two of his last three at-bats Wednesday. His slash line reads .253/.387/.386 in his first season with the Rangers. Only the middle number, on-base percentage, is close to his career mark.
"He's a proven player ... I'm just figuring he's struggling," Washington said of Choo, who ranked behind only Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera in times reached base by Major League players in 2012-13.
"As long as he can go out there, I'm going to put him out there," the manager said. "I'm figuring he's going to find it again."
A sore ankle limits Choo's outfield availability -- he was the DH Friday and will be again Sunday, Washington said -- but the manager said the injury doesn't affect his hitting.
Since 2008, Choo hit .290 and had a .392 OBP with the Indians and Reds, before signing a seven-year, free-agent deal with the Rangers in the offseason. He also slugged .469 in that span.
"I'm trying to give him as much time off defensively as I can," Washington said, "but he doesn't like the DH much, so I'm trying to throw him a bone, here and there -- which is why Choo will be in the outfield Saturday."
Soto feeling ahead of schedule
ANAHEIM -- Rangers No. 1 catcher Geovany Soto (left knee surgery) squatted and caught pitches from coach Bengie Molina for the second time in three days.
"I feel good with the knee, I feel ahead of the game," said Soto, who suffered a torn meniscus in Spring Training on March 23. However, the timetable for his season remains after the All-Star Game.
Soto said he will catch Saturday on back-to-back days for the first time since he's surgery.
• Second baseman Rougned Odor got a scheduled day off, despite the change in Angels starting pitchers Friday caused by Wednesday's rainout in Cleveland.
"Originally, it was going to be because of [left-hander Hector] Santiago," manager Ron Washington said. "They changed pitchers, but I went ahead and gave him the day. He'll be back in there tomorrow [against right-hander Jered Weaver]." Odor, 20, bats left-handed, and is hitting .231 vs. LHP, .329 vs. RHP.
• The Rangers claimed left-hander Justin Marks on waivers from the A's, and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He made his Major League debut with two innings for the Royals on April 20, then was traded to the A's on June 5. Marks, 26, is 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA in 17 games (two starts) with Omaha and Sacramento. First baseman Prince Fielder was moved to the 60-day DL to make 40-man roster room for Marks.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.