With Brantley ailing, Indians could use Choo

With Brantley ailing, Indians could use Choo

With Brantley ailing, Indians could use Choo
CLEVELAND -- Shin-Soo Choo could be on the brink of returning to the Indians' lineup, and it couldn't come sooner as yet another Tribe outfielder deals with an injury.

Michael Brantley wasn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers so he could rest his sore right wrist. He sat out the final two games of Cleveland's four-game set at Boston last week, and manager Manny Acta said he could ride the pine Thursday, too.

"Michael's wrist is not 100 percent," Acta said. "It's still bothering him a little bit, especially when he swings and misses."

Brantley has met with Thomas Graham, a hand specialist from the Cleveland Clinic who performed surgery on Choo's broken left thumb in late June.

"Our medical staff recommended that he gets a day off today," Acta said. "He's working through it, he saw the doctor, he's getting treatment. We have to do what's best for him and the team. A day or two off might benefit him."

Choo played for Class A Lake County on Monday and Tuesday. Acta expects him to move up to Triple-A Columbus next. He could return to the big-league club by next week.

"So far, he hasn't shown any issue with anything," Acta said. "Right now, it's about timing and reacting to pitches inside if he gets jammed, if it hurts him or not."

Choo said he hasn't felt any pain when swinging the bat or throwing the ball.

"I'm feeling better every day," Choo said.