Choi will sit Friday against lefty CC Sabathia and the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Choi has now been on the bench against all but three of the 13 lefties the Rays have faced this season. Yandy Diaz gets the start at first base.
Choi went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Yankees on Saturday. Choi was relegated to the bottom of the order Saturday, but he still found a way to make a solid impact. The 27-year-old has enjoyed his encounters with Yankees pitching over the first two games of the series, as he's 3-for-7 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs in that pair of contests.
Choi went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Yankees on Friday. Choi's 427-foot shot to center in the fifth snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Rays a one-run lead that they'd ultimately fail to protect. The 27-year-old has two of his three homers on the season within the last seven games, but he's gotten May off to a rough start otherwise. Even factoring in Friday's production, Choi is 4-for-28 (.143) over the first eight games of the month.
Choi is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. With a lefty (Robbie Ray) on the hill for Arizona, Choi will sit after a stretch of four consecutive starts. Yandy Diaz will shift over to first base while Nate Lowe serves as the Rays' designated hitter in the series finale.
Choi is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. With southpaw Danny Duffy on the mound for Kansas City, Choi and fellow lefty-hitting regular Kevin Kiermaier will hit the bench in the series finale as the Rays stock up on extra right-handed bats. Choi started in both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader loss, going 0-for-4 in the early game and 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in the nightcap.