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Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return to Tribe in less than 15 days

Aug 3, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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Shin-Soo Choo‘s recovery from a fractured left thumb — and the subsequent surgery to repair that fracture — continues to run smoothly.

The Indians right fielder took between 50 and 60 swings in a cage this afternoon and is scheduled to participate in batting practice with his Tribe teammates Thursday at Boston’s Fenway Park.

And the news gets better.

According to beat writer Nick Camino of WTAM 1100, Indians manager Manny Acta told a radio program this evening that Choo is expected to return to the major league lineup in under 15 days.

The 29-year-old native of South Korea still has to make it through a lengthy minor league rehab assignment without experiencing a setback, but all of the early signs are good. Choo was batting just .244/.333/.353 with five home runs and 11 stolen bases in 306 plate appearances before the injury, but he still has an impressive .853 career OPS and could help the Indians turn it around in the race for the American League Central crown.

  1. tashkalucy - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Stick a fork in ’em…..

    They started out 30-15.

    Team has been 24-36 since then.

    Forget Shin-Soo Choo‘s. Babe Ruth in his prime couldn’t make a dent in this team.

    And the team is overloaded with left-handed hitters, meaning Shin & Babe will be seeing a lot of lefties.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      Doesn’t matter as long as Detroit or Chicago refuse to take control of the division. Any of these 3 teams can easily make the playoffs, and from there, anything can happen. Pitching wins in the playoffs and that is one area the Tribe has been looking good.

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