Choo feeling good, ahead of rehab schedule

Choo feeling good, ahead of rehab schedule

CLEVELAND -- Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo believes he is a fast healer. If the progress Choo has made in his recovery from a broken left thumb is any indication, he might be onto something.

On Friday, Choo continued a throwing and hitting program that began a couple weeks ahead of his initial rehab schedule. If it were up to Choo, he would be back in the lineup for Cleveland in time for the Aug. 16-18 road series against the White Sox.

"I feel good," Choo said. "This team, this situation, I want to come back as soon as possible. I want to play right field. I want to play every day. I want to be back as soon as possible, but I'm not going to be stupid. If I feel good, I'll keep pushing it."

Choo, who had the thumb on his throwing hand broken by a pitch from Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez on June 24, has been throwing from a distance of 90 feet and hitting baseballs off a tee. If he receives clearance from head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff, Choo would like to begin a soft-toss program on Sunday.

Choo admitted to feeling some stiffness in his thumb, but he quickly noted that was normal considering he had surgery on the digit on June 29.

Cleveland -- short Choo and injured center fielder Grady Sizemore at the moment -- acquired right fielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs in a trade on Thursday that sent a pair of Minor Leaguers to Chicago. The current plan is to have Fukudome man right field until Choo is able to rejoin the ballclub.

First, Choo needs to continue to pass each step in his rehab.

"He's doing very well," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He took about 40 swings today off a tee and stuff. He felt good. If things continue to progress this way, we might be looking at him to take batting practice in a week or so -- a week to 10 days. It's encouraging."