Acta expects to pencil in Choo on Thursday

Acta expects to pencil in Choo on Thursday

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo, who has suffered through an injury-riddled season, is expected to be back in the Indians' lineup on Thursday.

Choo, out since Aug. 28 with a left oblique strain, did normal baseball activities on Wednesday, including taking full batting practice.

"He should be able to play tomorrow," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It's been a challenge without him, [Michael] Brantley and [Travis] Hafner not out there."

Choo has only played in 84 games after averaging 150 games played the previous two seasons. He has had two disabled list stints in the last three months, the other for a thumb injury that required surgery.

Choo is batting .260 with eight home runs on the season. Three of those long balls came in the week prior to his oblique injury.