Choo has jammed left thumb
Reds CF and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo is out of the lineup vs. the Pirates Saturday because of a jammed left thumb. He will be examined by a doctor later today. It happened when Choo slid head first into first base in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-5 win in 10 innings.
“It’s not really bad. It’s a little sore,” Choo said. “It was the same thumb that had surgery in 2011. We’re looking for the playoffs and a big series coming up. I don’t want to make it worse. So maybe it’s one or two days.”
Choo doesn’t usually slide headfirst into first base, and now regrets it.
“Stupid play,” Choo said. “I tell myself and I tell a lot of players the worst play is the head first slide into first base and home plate. But I did it. I don’t know why I did it. It’s a situation, big game, tie ballgame, we came about. I don’t know, my body just did it.”
I will have more later in my Reds notebook, including comments from manager Dusty Baker and the decision to start Derrick Robinson.