Choo on Rangers' ALDS roster, in lineup

Right fielder plays in sim game after returning for final regular-season series

Choo on Rangers' ALDS roster, in lineup

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers set their postseason roster for the American League Division Series, and Shin-Soo Choo was on it.

Choo missed six weeks with a broken left forearm, but was able to play in the final three games of the season. Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays is scheduled for Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CT on TBS in the United States and Sportsnet (English) and TVA (French) in Canada.

Choo was in the lineup for Game 1, batting ninth and playing right field.

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Choo suffered the injury in a game against the Athletics on Aug. 15 when he was hit by a pitch. He was supposed to be sidelined for eight weeks, but made it back in six. He was 2-for-12 in three games against the Rays last weekend and had more work in a simulated game against right-hander Nick Martinez and left-hander Andrew Faulkner on Tuesday.

"Choo is in a good place right now," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I think he answered the question three games in a row, outfield, where his body is. He is in shape, His legs are good. Felt like the at-bats had some rhythm and timing.

"[Tuesday] where we had the simulated game and he got a number of at-bats where he was right on time. The rhythm was there. He barreled some baseballs, didn't chase … he was competing. So I like what I saw."

Andrus not worried about last year

Now that the Rangers are playing the Blue Jays, one of the first questions posed to shortstop Elvis Andrus was about the three errors he committed in the seventh inning of Game 5 in last year's ALDS. The three errors cost the Rangers in a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

"It's hard, but errors are part of the game," Andrus said. "The hard part was losing the series. That's what hurt the most. But I was able to turn the page and had a tremendous season. Now we are ready for another postseason."

Andrus' diving grab

The Rangers ended up losing in five games to the Blue Jays, but aren't out for revenge.

"It's not about last year, we are thinking about this year," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "We know what happened, and yeah, it was a disappointment but our job is to focus on what we need to do."

Rangers beat

• Martinez, Faulkner and left-hander Dario Alvarez have been sent to Surprise, Ariz., to continue working out in case they are needed during the postseason. They will not be on the ALDS roster.

• This will be the Rangers' seventh Division Series in club history, but they have only played three teams. They faced the Yankees in 1996, '98 and '99, the Rays in 2010 and '11 and now the Blue Jays two straight years.

• Daniels said the Rangers will be taking every security measure possible for the safety of the players, both in Toronto and Arlington, following a fan throwing a beer can onto the playing field in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game. Said Daniels, "There's no place for that. We don't want one person to color our fan base or a city. I'm sure Toronto fans feel the same way."

Carlos Beltran has five career home runs in Game 1 of a postseason series, tied for fourth in Major League history. Manny Ramirez had seven and Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones both had six.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.