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Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return in early August

Jul 7, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

Shin-Soo Choo AP

Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery on his fractured left thumb during the last week of June. We’re only about 10 days in, but his recovery so far has been free of any hiccups.

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Choo had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired thumb on Wednesday and is “telling friends” that he could be ready for full-time action by the second week of August.

An early-August return would be wonderful, but it also seems highly doubtful. Choo’s injury was not of the minor variety and the surgery wasn’t either.

More from Hoynes and the Plain Dealer:

It took three hours for Dr. Thomas Graham to repair Choo’s broken left thumb after he was hit by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch June 24. The bone reportedly shattered like glass and had to be reconstructed.

Anytime “bone” and “reconstructed” share the same sentence, it’s a frightening situation. And while Choo might feel improved 10 days into his rehab, there are still quite a few hurdles he’s going to have to climb. There was even some talk at the time of the injury that the South Korean might miss the rest of the season.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    He should go to Pujols’ doctor. Choo could be back by Saturday.

  2. FC - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    No no, the thing with Pujols is that his skeleton is partially liquid metal; it took that long for the stress fracture to repair itself.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I can’t help myself in that everytime I hear Choo’s name I think of Ralph Wiggum’s Valentine’s card. “I choo choo choose you…..and there’s a picture of a train.”

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