PEORIA, Ariz. — First baseman Ji-Man Choi could miss up to four-to-six months once he undergoes surgery Thursday afternoon to repair a broken right leg suffered on a play in Wednesday’s game.
Mariners officials said a more-specific recovery timetable will be available after the 2 p.m. procedure.
Choi suffered a broken fibula near his ankle when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch an errant two-out throw from shortstop Tyler Smith in the ninth inning.
The Padres scored the tying run on the play as Choi collapsed to the ground in pain. After an examination, he was carted from the field. The Mariners rallied for a 4-3 walk-off victory in 10 innings.
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Choi is a native of South Korea who spent most of last season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he batted .283 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 70 games. He also served a 50-game suspension for a drug violation.