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Choo dealing with quad strain, pads streak to 42

Veteran extends consecutive-games-on-base mark with walk Sunday; Martin Perez, Carlos Perez making progress
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ARLINGTON -- After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a mild right quad strain.

Choo plans to play through the injury, but it will limit his availability defensively. Choo has started 18 games in right field and 10 games in left field this season, and the 35-year-old was not in the lineup on Saturday.

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ARLINGTON -- After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a mild right quad strain.

Choo plans to play through the injury, but it will limit his availability defensively. Choo has started 18 games in right field and 10 games in left field this season, and the 35-year-old was not in the lineup on Saturday.

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"Managing the legs, managing the energy level," manager Jeff Banister said. "It's been my thought process of all these guys. We're getting to the All-Star break. They've been playing at a high rate. We're all kind of in that spot where they need some extra days."

Choo extended his on-base streak to 42 games in Sunday's 10-5 loss to the White Sox by drawing a walk in the eighth. He said he was available to pinch-hit on Saturday, which could have potentially put his streak on the line.

"I'm not worried about that," said Choo. "Don't worry about what I'm doing. You can use me."

Perez continuing to progress
Left-handed pitcher Martin Perez pitched in his second rehab start on Saturday for Double-A Frisco. He threw 73 pitches, allowed two hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings.

Banister said Perez is on track to pitch again before the All-Star break, but a decision has yet to be made on whether it will be in the Minors or with the Rangers.

"I think everything worked good," Perez said on Saturday. "I think I'm ready to go, so let's see what is going to be the next decision."

Perez is working his way back from nerve inflammation in his right arm that has sidelined him since April 30.

Perez plays in second rehab game
27-year-old catcher Carlos Perez started behind the plate for Frisco and homered for the second straight night. Perez was placed on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain on June 16.

Rangers beat
• The Rangers went 14-11 in the month of June, which was the sixth-best record in the American League. Texas recorded its most wins in a month since August, 2017.

• After recording two hits on Saturday, Adrian Beltre is now three hits shy of tying Dave Winfield (3,110) for 20th place on the all-time hit list. Beltre's 23 hits since June 10 are tied for fourth-most in the American League over that span.

Joey Gallo has homered in his past two games to reach 20 home runs for the second consecutive season. Gallo's 61 home runs since the start of last season are fifth most in the Majors.

Video: CWS@TEX: Gallo cranks his 20th home run of the season

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

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