HOUSTON -- Shin-Soo Choo was back in the Rangers' lineup for Friday night's 2-1 win over the Astros after nearly six weeks on the disabled list due to a strained right calf, but his return lasted only 2 1/2 innings.
Choo, batting in the leadoff spot, walked in the first and was stranded at second base. He then drew a one-out walk in the third inning, moved to second on Ian Desmond's single and then scored when Prince Fielder's two-run double gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Choo was replaced in right field by Ryan Rua because of a tight left hamstring to start the bottom of the inning.
"It feels good now," Choo said after the game. "First time having that feeling in my hamstring, so I just worry about it. I don't want to mess with it or make it worse. … It just felt tight but then after treatment, it feels like normal."
Choo said he is unsure if he will play on Saturday, but will consult with the training staff upon arriving at the park for the game.
"When a guy's coming back off a rehab, yeah, it's precautionary, but I'm not taking any chances with those guys, because an issue like that can linger all season," manager Jeff Banister said.
The outfielder said he was at least pleased with the limited action in the early innings, especially getting on base to lead off the game.
"That's what the approach always is. Swing at strikes, take bad pitches and be [ready to score]," Choo said.
Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.