Choo not yet in rhythm offensively

Choo not yet in rhythm offensively

Choo not yet in rhythm offensively
CLEVELAND -- Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo headed into this season with the belief that a clear mind would lead to strong results. Choo might still turn in a solid showing when it is all said and done, but it seems as though he is putting too much pressure on himself at the moment.

That is the way Tribe manager Manny Acta views the situation.

"At times, some of those guys, they want to do too much," Acta said on Wednesday. "As much as you talk to them, it's hard for them to understand that they're not going to go from .200 to .300. It's got to continue to be one at-bat at a time, continue to work and stay positive.

"He's shown some signs. Here and there he's done some good things. We need him."

Entering Wednesday, Choo was hitting .221 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 23 games. The right fielder was riding a five-game hitting streak -- seeing his average climb from .209 over that span -- but his overall production remains down. Acta was quick to note that Choo missed six games earlier this season because of a hamstring injury.

"The fact that he lost about a week of seeing pitches didn't help him," Acta said.

Still, Choo has been inconsistent, and his offensive struggles seem similar to last year.

Last season, Choo was limited to 85 games because of a variety of injuries, and he also dealt with the backlash of his May arrest for driving under the influence. On the year, he hit .259 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs for the Indians, but he dedicated himself to a rigorous offseason training program. Choo also felt he found some mental peace over the winter months.

So far, the results have not backed up that belief.

"He's got a lot of pride, man. He's a proud man," Acta said. "He wants to win bad. He's shown me that from Day 1 when I got over there. You can't fault him for that. It's easy for everyone to say, 'Just relax,' when you're not the one carrying the load."