Shin-Soo Choo was removed in the fifth inning of today's game between the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox and was replaced by Nomar Mazara, with what was described as lower back stiffness. Choo had led off the game with a home run, and was 2 for 3 when he was removed.
Choo has battled back issues basically from the time he joined the Rangers, and also has had two stints on the d.l. this year due to leg muscle strains. The Rangers' bench is particularly limited right now due to the decision to keep three catchers on the roster, so for tonight's game, with Mazara now in, the bench consists of Mitch Moreland, Bryan Holaday and Bobby Wilson.
With the All Star Break coming up, even if this is an issue that would require Choo to miss several games, the Rangers might decide to limp along with him rather than making a roster move. Of course, one could also argue that, with the All Star Break coming up, it makes sense to put Choo on the d.l. now, since it minimizes the number of actual games he is missing while giving him a chance to get his back right.
If the Rangers do opt to get another bench player up due to Choo's situation, Jared Hoying would seem to be the most likely candidate.