ARLINGTON -- Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had been targeting the current series to return to the lineup, and manager Manny Acta confirmed that barring a setback, he will return on Thursday against the Rangers. "Choo has a chance to play in the last game of this series," Acta said. "He's going to take it easy today to take a break from the work yesterday, go for baseball activities tomorrow, and if he's fine after that, he'll probably be activated after that." The return of Grady Sizemore and Choo, who is batting .260 with eight home runs in 84 games, could displace Kosuke Fukudome, who has played in right and center field in the 42 games he has played for the Indians.
Since Fukudome is swinging a solid bat, going 43-for-149 (.289) with 10 doubles and three homers in his past 36 games, Acta said he would see some time in left field, since Sizemore will start in center field when he plays. Shelley Duncan has mostly played in left field, but he's also seen time at designated hitter and first base. "We are going to have [Fukudome] take some balls in left field, just to have him give us the option to be in the lineup," Acta said. "We know that Sizemore doesn't play every day going forward. But still, there are going to be some days that Choo and Sizemore are going to be there, and if we want to keep Fukudome in the lineup, then he could play left field for us. In the next couple of days, he's going to work out there just to get a feel for it."