On Saturday, one day after taking part in batting practice with the Tribe in Arlington, Choo was back in Cleveland having his healing left thumb re-evaluated by hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham. Indians manager Manny Acta was encouraged by Choo's BP session on Friday afternoon.
"He was OK," Acta said. "He swung the bat better than the day before."
Choo had his left thumb broken by a pitch from San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez on June 24, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and underwent surgery -- performed by Graham -- a few days later. At the time of his injury, Choo was hitting .244 with five home runs and 28 RBIs over 72 games.
If given clearance by Graham, Choo is scheduled to take batting practice again on Sunday with Class A Lake County. After that, the Indians will determine whether Choo will be able to immediately begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
"He's going to take batting practice in Lake County," Acta said. "After that, we'll make a decision about whether he can start a rehab assignment or if we need to wait longer."