OAKLAND – Texas Rangers outfielder Michael Choice wasn’t sure how much playing time he would get against his former team.
He wound up playing plenty and doing his share of damage against the A’s in a three-game sweep by the Rangers. After Shin-Soo Choo sprained his ankle in Monday’s series opener, Choice played left field and hit leadoff Tuesday and Wednesday. He had just two hits but one was the go-ahead RBI single in Tuesday’s 5-4 Rangers win.
Choice added a run and RBI in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory. He reached base six times in nine plate appearances combined in the two games.
The 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Choice cracked the bigs with Oakland last season, appearing in nine games. But he was traded to Texas in December along with infielder Chris Bostick in a deal that sent outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom to the A’s.
Choice, 24, said he naturally felt satisfaction in doing well against Oakland.
“Absolutely, it always feels good to do good against your former team,” Choice said. “Especially with the circumstances. I only had 18 at-bats (with the A’s), so it felt like it could have been a little longer tenure to see what they might want to do with me.”
The trade was one of a flurry of moves the A’s made in a two-day span in December looking to shore up this season’s roster and perhaps make a deeper postseason run after back-to-back division titles.
Gentry, hitting .304 with three stolen bases in 10 games for the A’s, was seen as a more experienced player than Choice, and the A’s valued Gentry as insurance in center field. He’s gotten considerable time in center already with Coco Crisp missing some starts with minor injuries.
Choice is hitting .242 with five RBI in 17 games for the Rangers, seeing most of his time against left-handed pitchers.