8/10/2014 1:52 A.M. ET
Choo makes 40th start as DH
By Richard Dean / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Shin-Soo Choo, who started in right field on Friday for the Rangers, was manager Ron Washington's choice as designated hitter on Saturday night against Houston. Choo responded with a four-hit game, collecting his 1000th career hit in the process.
"I just wanted to DH him tonight," said Washington. "Any time I put him in the DH spot it can get him off his feet. My thought process was I have some other guys I'm putting in the lineup and I don't want to DH them because they're too young to DH."
Choo, 32, sprained his left ankle in April and has had problems, but he has played through it. He missed several games in April because of the injury, but has not gone on the disabled list.
Choo has started 61 games in left field, six in right field and Saturday was the 40th time he's been the DH.
In Friday's 4-3 loss to Houston, Choo was replaced in right field in the bottom of the eighth inning by Jim Adduci as a defensive substitution, with the Rangers leading 2-1. Washington said taking Choo out at the time was best for the team.
"When he gets that ankle healthy, you'll definitely see a different Choo in the outfield," said Washington. "I got younger legs that can play out there late in the game.
"If that was a healthy Choo, then Choo stays out there. We got the lead late, then you do it. We're doing what's best for us."
Rios will return to lineup today
HOUSTON -- Alex Rios said on Friday that he definitely would be in the Rangers' lineup on Sunday against the Astros. The right fielder was out of the starting lineup in the first two games of the three-game series at Minute Maid Park with a sprained right ankle.
On Saturday, Rangers manager Ron Washington confirmed what Rios had stated the day before.
"He's playing tomorrow. No questions about it," said Washington. "He told you my thoughts before I even thought it. Definitely tomorrow. Just giving it a rest."
Rios did not play in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Astros, but he was available to pinch-hit or come into the game if needed.
The ankle has been troubling Rios, who sprained the ankle on July 19 at Toronto. He missed three games from July 20-22 due to the injury.
Gimenez clears waivers, undecided on returning to Texas
HOUSTON -- Chris Gimenez cleared waivers on Saturday, two days after the Rangers designated the catcher for assignment. He's been offered outright assignment and he will take a couple of days to make a decision.
Gimenez can refuse assignment and take free agency. Rangers manager Ron Washington hopes Gimenez remains with the organization.
"Definitely. He brings a lot," said Washington. "He's a very versatile guy, he's a good teammate. I hope he sticks.
"Once he cleared waivers I reached out to him. Reiterated just like I did before we optioned him out. We'd like to keep him. It's really his decision. I let him know how much we want him. We know him, he knows us."
Gimenez was hitting .262 in 34 games for Texas. On Friday, the Rangers activated catcher Geovany Soto from the 15-day disabled list. Gimenez and Robinson Chirinos shared playing time at catcher while Soto was on the DL.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.