Tampa Bay Rays’ Ji-Man Choi (knee surgery) out 3-5 weeks

Mar 9, 2021; Port Charlotte, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) at bat during spring training at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and be out three to five weeks, manager Kevin Cash announced Tuesday.

Choi, 29, will have the procedure Wednesday, the outcome of which will determine the nature and extent of the injury. The team is expecting Choi to be sidelined into May.

He has been hobbled by discomfort in the knee and hasn’t played in a game since mid-March. He got a cortisone shot on March 13. Choi has appeared in just five games this spring.

Choi is hitting .259/.359/.461 with 30 home runs in two-plus seasons in Tampa. Choi hit .385 in the ALCS against the Houston Astros last season.

Overall, he’s a .245/.345/.451 hitter in five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Rays.

Yoshi Tsutsugo is expected to get more playing time at first against righties, with Yandy Diaz in line to get more at-bats against left-handers. Mike Brosseau is also an option.

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