Ji-Man Choi Will Undergo Knee Surgery, Likely Out Until May

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The Tampa Bay Rays will likely be without their lefty first baseman for at least a month, as Ji-Man Choi will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to be out until at least May.

Ji-Man Choi Injury News

Choi has been dealing with an issue in the knee since the start of spring training and was recently shut down after trying to up the intensity in his workouts again.

The 29-year-old was expected to see most of the at-bats this season at first base in Tampa Bay, but the Rays will now have to go with Yoshi Tsutsugo, Yandy Diaz, and Mike Brosseau in a platoon until Choi can return.

Tampa saw a breakout season from the South Korean in 2019 when Choi hit a career-best 19 home runs to go along with 63 RBI and 54 runs scored in 127 games and 410 at-bats.

The Rays start their season in Miami against the Marlins on Thursday afternoon and have their season wins total at FanDuel Sportsbook set at 86, with the over and under split down the middle with odds of -110.

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