Tag:Shin-Soo Choo
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:32 am

Even in September, Indians need the DL

You never see anyone go on the disabled list on Sept. 1.

There's no need. Major-league rosters expand from 25 to 40. If someone gets hurt, you just call a guy up to replace him.

It's Sept. 1. The Indians just put outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the DL.

It's actually a procedural move, done so the Indians can bring pitcher Nick Hagadone back to the major leagues without having him spend 10 days in the minor leagues first (there's an exception when you replace a guy on the DL). The Indians say there's actually no change in Choo's prognosis (he has a left oblique strain), and that he never was going to be ready to play before this DL stint ends on Sept. 12.

But even if it's basically meaningless, it sure does feel typical for a team that has seemed to need the DL nearly every day this season. Grady Sizemore has been on and off the DL (and he's still out now). Travis Hafner is on the DL. Michael Brantley is out for the season. And Choo missed a big chunk of the season when he was on the DL earlier this season.

The Indians didn't need to use the DL this time, except that they played 16 innings against the A's on Wednesday night, leaving their bullpen short. But they did use it.

You never see anyone go on the DL on Sept. 1. But if someone was going to do it, it was going to be the Indians.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:41 am

Indians activate Choo from DL

Shin-Soo Choo, out since late June with a broken thumb, returns to the Indians lineup Friday night, a few days sooner than expected.

Choo made two minor-league rehab appearances at Class A Lake County, going 0-for-6.

If Choo can hit the way he did last year (.300 with 22 home runs, 90 RBI and an .885 OPS), he could give the Indians a big boost as they chase the Tigers in the American League Central. But Choo struggled this year, hitting just .244 with 28 RBI in 72 games before his injury.

After taking two of three from the Tigers this week, Cleveland is three games behind Detroit with 47 games to play.

To make room for Choo on the roster, the Indians designated Austin Kearns for assignment.
The Indians host the Twins this weekend. Minnesota will get Justin Morneau back from the DL on Friday.

Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 6:49 pm

What will baseball do about its DUI problem?

Baseball suspended Ozzie Guillen for tweeting during a game.

Shin-Soo Choo was arrested for driving under the influence, and he isn't expected to miss a game.

We shouldn't be surprised. Choo is the sixth baseball player to face DUI charges this year alone.

Not one of the six has missed a regular-season game because of it.

I'm not sure what the proper penalty should be. Choo, like the others, does face legal charges.

But like the others, he won't face any baseball charges. There's no precedent for punishing players for off-field matters, and for now the Basic Agreement between the players and owners doesn't provide for it.

With six DUI incidents this year, you can be sure the owners will raise the issue in this summer's negotiations on a new Basic Agreement.

Meanwhile, baseball gets another black eye.

Fortunately, none of the players cited for DUI so far this year seems to have hurt anyone. But fans remember that Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver two years ago, and one fan suggested to me on Twitter that any player getting a DUI should be forced to donate a month's salary to the Adenhart Memorial Fund.

So far, that's not happening.

All we can do is present the ugly list, with the ugly details, and hope that the next player who goes out drinking remembers that he has enough money to afford a cab home -- and that the potential cost to his reputation is a lot more than the price of that cab ride:

The list:

-- Adam Kennedy, Mariners, Jan. 26 in Newport Beach, Calif. Kennedy signed with the Mariners on Jan. 10. Not even three weeks later, he was calling Seattle reporters to apologize to fans, after he was caught driving over the limit. "Regettable is an understatement," Kennedy told the Seattle Times.

-- Austin Kearns, Indians, Feb. 12 in Nicholasville, Ky. Police said Kearns was driving down an emergency lane without headlights, and was weaving. No wonder he didn't tell the Indians about it until the arrest became public several weeks later.

-- Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, Feb. 16 in St. Lucie County, Fla. This was the ugliest of all of them, with Cabrera allegedly firing threats and drinking Scotch in front of police officers. Baseball worked out a treatment plan for Cabrera, but said he would face penalties if he didn't stick to the plan.

-- Coco Crisp, A's, March 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Crisp was stopped at 2:15 a.m., driving a 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom with an expired license.

-- Derek Lowe, Braves, April 28 in Atlanta. Another bad one. According to police, Lowe was drag-racing another car, while drunk, on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

-- Shin-soo Choo, Indians, May 2 in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The details are still to emerge on this one, but Choo was picked up early Monday morning. Police said he blew a 0.20 on the Breathalyzer test, more than twice the legal limit. Police also said he asked an officer for directions to his (Choo's) home, then was weaving as he drove away and was pulled over.

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