The biggest prize for the Reds this past offseason has performed well so far this spring. As Mark Sheldon informs us, center fielder Shin-Soo Choo hasn’t played since last Friday due to back spasms. He’s not expected to play today and with tomorrow being an off day, the team will evaluate his condition further then and going forward.
This may raise a little concern in Redsland (I know of at least one person that probably is), but Reds skipper Dusty Baker isn’t.
“I’m not worried. He was playing awfully good before he got hurt. I just hope he can pick it back up where he left off.”
For this spring, Choo has demonstrated why the Reds traded for his services. He has posted a triple slash of .400/.444/.560 with a home run, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases and 8 runs scored. All this in 27 plate appearances. One can hope, along with Dusty, that Choo continues his torrid spring upon his return. Better yet, let’s all hope Choo’s hitting spills over into the entire regular season.
Last night in Choo’s absence, Chris Heisey manned center and hit leadoff. He was 0-for-3. Billy Hamilton took over for Heisey and went 1-for-1 and scored a run. Hamilton’s hit was a triple, his second of the spring. Look for this tandem again today when the Good Guys play the Chicago White Sox.
Oh, and on the defensive front. It was noted during Sunday’s FSO telecast that the Reds are convinced Choo is capable of playing the center field position. I’ll admit that I’ve been a bit of a skeptic, but the more I hear from the team, the more I’m learning to relax on the issue. Of course, if Choo hits, many of us won’t give two craps about his defense.