Choo: ‘I feel a lot better now’
Reds CF and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo, who hasn’t played in a spring game since March 15 because of back spasms, was not in Friday’s lineup vs. the Dodgers. But Choo has made a lot of progress and could return very soon.
“It’s good,” Choo said. “Yesterday, I did a full schedule of batting practice, shagging in the outfield, running. It was great, no problem. Today, I will do it again and if it feels real good, I think I will play [Saturday].
“In my career, I’m not hurt that much. The first time I felt it, I was worried about it. Twenty-four hours later, I felt great. It’s not really a major injury. I feel a lot better now.”
Choo doesn’t believe he will have any trouble being ready in time for Opening Day.
“If I had this same feeling during the regular season, I could play,” Choo said. “It’s Spring Training and I still have a little more time. I don’t want to make it worse. It’s more important for the season. I want to play every day, 162 games.”