Rays’ Ji-Man Choi sidelined 7-10 days with knee issue

Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
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PORT CHARLOTTE — Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi will be sidelined at least 7-10 days due to right knee soreness, with his availability to start the season to be determined toward the end of that period.

An MRI exam showed inflammation, and nothing worse, and after an exam by Dr. Koco Eaton the Rays are hoping rest and rehab will help. Choi has reported soreness and/or tightness a couple times during camp.

“We’re not overly concerned,” manager Kevin Cash said after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota. “We’ve got to let this play out. I think we’ll have a better sense probably in a week or so of where we’re at.”

In Choi’s absence, the Rays will continue to use Yoshi Tsutsugo as a left-handed hitting option at first base, as he had been getting more work there anyway. Yandy Diaz and Mike Brosseau are right-handed hitting options.