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26 Ji-Man Choi 1B

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August 9, 2020 01:40 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Gets breather
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of reports.

Choi will get a break after starting each of the Rays' last three games, including both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, when he went 3-for-7 with two doubles, a walk and two runs. Mike Brosseau will cover first base in Choi's stead.

August 5, 2020 03:04 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Not starting Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.

While Choi surprised the world by batting right-handed and homering in the first series of the year, his brand new ability to switch hit evidently isn't trusted by the Rays, who have yet to start him against a lefty this season. With southpaw Martin Perez on the mound for Boston, Jose Martinez will get the nod at first base.

August 2, 2020 12:24 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Out against lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.

Though Choi is attempting switch hitting this season after batting exclusively from the left side over his first four years in the majors, Rays manager Kevin Cash is still expected to withhold the 29-year-old from the lineup versus most southpaws. With lefty Tommy Milone twirling for Baltimore in the series finale, Yandy Diaz will man first base in place of Choi.

August 1, 2020 05:20 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: On bench Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi will not start Saturday against the Orioles, Juan Toribio of reports.

Choi sits for the third time in four games, though the previous two times were due to a sore shoulder. He returned to the lineup Friday, and there's been no indication that the issue is back, so this appears to be just a routine off day. Mike Brosseau takes over at first base in his absence.

July 31, 2020 04:04 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Leading off Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (shoulder) is starting at first base and batting leadoff Friday against the Orioles, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

The 29-year-old was out of the lineup the past two days with right shoulder soreness, though he did collect an RBI single off the bench Thursday. Choi is 3-for-16 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and four RBI in six games this season.

July 30, 2020 04:16 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Out again Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (shoulder) is not starting Thursday against the Braves, Juan Toribio of reports.

Choi will stick on the bench for a second straight game as he continues to nurse a sore right shoulder. Per Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network, the first baseman reportedly "feels great" and will be available off the bench if needed. In his place, Mike Brosseau is starting at first base and hitting sixth.

July 29, 2020 05:24 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Sitting with shoulder soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (shoulder) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Braves.

He exited Tuesday's game with right shoulder soreness and will need at least another day to get right. Yandy Diaz will start at first base while Joey Wendle occupies the hot corner. Choi could be available off the bench, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

July 29, 2020 05:24 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Leaves with shoulder soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi exited Tuesday's game against the Braves with right shoulder soreness, Juan Toribio of reports.

The 29-year-old was removed after the eighth inning after he sustained the injury while attempting to make a play in the field, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Choi had a rough game before exiting, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while also committing two errors. The team doesn't believe it's a serious injury, so he should be considered day-to-day.

July 27, 2020 01:52 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Homers right-handed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi went 1-for-4 with a home run, walk and two RBI Sunday against the Rays.

Choi worked on his ability to switch-hit during summer camp with the hope of staying in the lineup against left-handed pitchers. That work paid off in the sixth inning, when Choi took southpaw Anthony Kay deep during his second major-league at-bat as a right-handed hitter. This development could be particularly noteworthy if Choi is allowed to face more lefties throughout the season, in turn increasing his playing time.

July 24, 2020 02:52 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Sitting versus lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi isn't in the lineup for Friday's season opener against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the mound for Toronto, so Yandy Diaz is receiving the start at first base while Jose Martinez serves as the designated hitter. Choi should be in Saturday's starting nine since righty Matt Shoemaker is the Blue Jays' probable starter.

July 5, 2020 07:44 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Could take precautions this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi has been wearing a mask and protective goggles during early summer camp workouts, a practice that could extend to the regular season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Choi could again see time at both first base and designated hitter in 2020 after posting career-best figures in multiple categories, including home runs (19) and RBI (63), a year ago. The 29-year-old has been one of the most consistent on-base presences for the Rays during his first two seasons in Tampa, and it remains to seen if added protective accessories would affect his typically sharp vision at the plate to any degree. Notably, Topkin separately reports Choi hit from the right side for part of Saturday's batting practice session and put solid wood on the ball, but manager Kevin Cash remarked that he plans to keep Choi hitting left-handed on a full-time basis once the season begins.

June 23, 2020 10:48 AM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Heading back stateside
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi plans to leave his native South Korea later Tuesday to join the Rays in anticipation of the 2020 MLB season resuming, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency reports.

Choi's impending return to the United States comes on the heels of MLB owners voting Monday to implement a 60-game season that will reportedly begin around July 24, per Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers of The plan would require players to sign off on a health-and-safety protocol to arrive at their home stadiums by July 1 to prepare for the season, but it's unclear how that timeline may impact foreign players like Choi, who could need to self-quarantine for a two-week period before partaking in workouts with the Rays. Assuming that Choi is cleared for full team activities at least a week or so before the season kicks off, however, he shouldn't face any restrictions when games begin.

April 28, 2020 07:44 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Working out and staying in touch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is working out consistently in his native South Korea and maintaining regular contact with manager Kevin Cash and other Rays staffers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Choi returned to his hometown of Incheon back on March 24 and self-quarantined for 14 days. Subsequent to that period, Choi has been working out with his older brother Jungwoo at the latter's With Baseball academy, which offers the 28-year-old access to regular batting practice as he demonstrated in a recent posting on his personal Instagram account. Choi is also using SMS technology to communicate every few days with Cash and head athletic trainer Joe Benge, and he is contemplating a possible mid-May return to the United States to continue preparing for the regular season.

April 13, 2020 03:44 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Resuming workouts in South Korea
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is preparing to resume workouts in his native South Korea after a two-week period of self-quarantine following his return to the country, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Choi has had to wait longer to resume workouts than some of his teammates due to his decision to return to his home country, which appears to be returning to normalcy daily. The 29-year-old will look to maintain the positive pace of preparation he'd established during Grapefruit League play, when he hit .273 over 10 games.

March 20, 2020 02:28 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Solid spring before pause
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi was hitting .273 (6-for-22) with a home run, three RBI, seven walks and three runs across 10 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.

Choi's first full Rays season in 2019 was a success, as the 28-year-old posted career highs in doubles (20), home runs (19), RBI (63), walks (64) and runs (54). Choi also generated an impressive and career-best .363 on-base percentage last season, and although Jose Martinez was brought in this offseason as a possible platoon mate at first base, the latter's defensive deficiencies may ultimately limit his opportunities. However, Choi's career-long struggles versus left-handed pitching still project to cap his opportunities versus southpaws, with Yandy Diaz also available to fill in when a left-hander is on the hill.

October 2, 2019 08:00 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Sits against southpaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi is not starting Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against Oakland, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Choi will take a seat with lefty Sean Manaea on the mound for Oakland. He's made the roster, though, and has a decent chance to appear of the bench in what could be a game full of substitutions. Yandy Diaz starts at first base.

September 30, 2019 02:52 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Two extra-base hits in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (foot) went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double Sunday in the Rays' 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Choi wasn't able to run at full speed while playing through the bruised left foot, but the injury didn't impact him at the plate. While Choi may continue to run with extra caution during the playoffs, he should remain a fixture in the heart of the lineup versus right-handed pitching.

September 29, 2019 01:24 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Rejoins Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (foot) is starting at first base and batting third Sunday at Toronto, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic eports.

Choi missed the last two games with the foot bruise but apparently progressed well enough to return to action for the season finale despite the Rays already having their playoff position locked in. The 28-year-old may not see a full nine innings Sunday, but it's nonetheless a good sign to see him return to the field ahead of Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

September 29, 2019 01:16 PM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Feeling better
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (foot) was walking with less of a limp Saturday and could be available in some capacity Sunday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Choi is being treated with an abundance of caution as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his foot. With the Rays having failed to clinch home-field advantage for the American League Wild Card Game by virtue of their loss and an Athletics win Saturday, Choi seems likely to remain on the bench for Sunday's finale in the hopes of having him available for the one-game playoff.

September 28, 2019 11:56 AM
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Out Saturday with foot injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Choi (foot) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

He is battling a bone bruise on his foot and has not played since Sept. 25. Nate Lowe will start at first base and bat sixth.

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Incheon, South Korea
Tampa Bay Rays

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