Tampa Bay Rays reinstate first baseman Ji-Man Choi from IL

Jun 2, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi (26) runs out an RBI infield single against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the 10-day injured list Monday and optioned infielder Mike Brosseau to Triple-A Durham.

Choi has not played since June 2 because of a left groin strain, with Tampa Bay fashioning an impressive 7-2 record without him. The Rays enter a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday on a three-game winning streak.

Choi, 30, was batting .304 this season with two home runs and 11 RBIs and 11 walks in 15 games. He also missed the first six weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Choi is a career .248 hitter with 41 home runs and 139 RBIs. Over six seasons and 305 games with the Los Angeles Angels (2016), New York Yankees (2017), Milwaukee Brewers (2018) and Rays.

Brosseau, 27, was batting just .184 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 47 games while providing defensive versatility by playing in both the infield and outfield. Over three seasons and 133 games with the Rays, Brosseau has hit .248 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.

–Field Level Media