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Shin-Soo Choo misses fifth straight game with back spasms

Mar 21, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale Reuters

As if moving to center field at age 30 after never playing the position regularly before wasn’t challenging enough for Shin-Soo Choo now he’s dealing with a back injury.

Choo is out of the Reds’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with back spasms and manager Dusty Baker seemed unsure about his return timetable when talking to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

We’d like to get him in within a week of starting [the regular season], but you don’t know. We’re trying not to have any setbacks, because that’ll make it worse. When it comes to back spasms and the back, you’re just guessing. We just don’t want him to have any setbacks.

So much of what the Reds did this offseason is dependent upon Choo getting on base and showing decent range in center field, which makes this is a big worry.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Gezundtheit!

    • stevincinci - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      That joke is like really old.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      This time it’s topical – he hurt his back sneezing.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Didn’t see this one coming did we?
    Very much like the release of Ronny Cedeno. LOL!

  3. contraryguy - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    His replacement would be Chris Heisey, who has a good bat but would not normally be considered leadoff material. So “Dusty’s Lineup” returns again until Choo is healthy. Yuck.

  4. fraleyr - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    come on… i mean come on

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