SAN DIEGO -- Reds center fielder and leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo was again out of the lineup Wednesday as he is still bothered by a sore left ankle. Choo started in left field during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Padres and there was a sense of improvement, but he still isn't 100 percent.
"It's a lot better," Choo said. "Being off today and tomorrow with a team off-day, I'm positive that I will feel much, much better. Yesterday, I felt totally different. I don't want to make it worse. I can sprint with no problem and change direction. Hitting, I felt a pinch in my ankle. I'm a little sore and my timing is different. It's not normal."
Choo sprained his ankle stealing second base Sunday, when he slid late into the bag after entering the game in Los Angeles as a pinch-hitter. Derrick Robinson again replaced Choo in center field and the leadoff spot for Wednesday's series finale against the Padres.
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