Choo visits specialist to determine next step

Choo visits specialist to determine next step

PHOENIX -- As expected, Shin-Soo Choo was examined by renowned hand specialist and surgeon Dr. Tom Graham in Cleveland on Monday. But there was no indication yet of the direction the club is taking and there won't be until Tuesday, Indians manager Manny Acta said before the Tribe played the D-backs at Chase Field.

Choo suffered a displaced fracture of his left thumb after being hit on the hand with a pitch from Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in Friday's 4-3 loss in San Francisco. At the time, Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff indicated that the outfielder would miss at least six weeks. But it could be longer if Choo has to undergo surgery.

"He's seeing Dr. Graham [Monday] and probably by [Tuesday] Lonnie will have more information on that," Acta said.

The Indians placed Choo on the 15-disabled list. Choo was wearing a soft cast over the weekend and had three stitches inserted in his hand to correct a deep laceration on his thumb. The right fielder was in as good a spirit as could be expected, but was despondent about his current condition.

"I just feel bad that I can't help the team anymore," Choo said on Saturday. "We might make the playoffs. We had a good start and I can't help the team. I feel sad."

Choo is hitting .244, with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 72 games. He was homerless in his last 125 at-bats, dating back to May 13. The right fielder had, however, hit safely in 29 of his last 36 games, and posted a .370 average over his past eight contests.