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Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

Ji-Man Choi was on his way to rejoin the Angels before he knew why. His manager with the Angels’ triple-A Salt Lake affiliate, Keith Johnson, pulled him from the Bees’ game Friday night with one instruction: Pack your bags.

On his way to the airport, he heard C.J. Cron broke his hand, and then he understood: He would be receiving the chance the Angels could not offer earlier in the year. Choi broke camp on the team’s 25-man roster, but as a reserve, and he batted only 24 times in five weeks.

They designated him for assignment and he cleared waivers, afterward accepting an assignment to triple A, where he played daily...