Choo encouraged after testing leg

Choo encouraged after testing leg

CLEVELAND -- Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo tested his sore left hamstring with some running drills in the outfield on Sunday morning at Progressive Field. Choo came away from the workout encouraged by how he felt.

"It was better than two days ago," Choo said.

Choo was out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, marking the fifth game in a row the right fielder has missed. He was hopeful that he would be able to return to Cleveland's lineup on Tuesday, when the team begins a three-game road series against the White Sox.

"I think so, but who knows?" said Choo, standing at his locker in the clubhouse. "I don't like to stay in here and not play."

On Monday, when the Indians have a scheduled off-day, Choo said he will still head to the ballpark for treatment. Beyond the running drills, Choo also played catch on the field and hit in the batting cage on Sunday morning.

Choo left last Tuesday's game against the Royals in the eighth inning after the soreness he felt prior to the contest became more painful. The Indians have described the injury as a mild strain and the team's medical staff expressed that a stint on the disabled list seemed unlikely.

Through 15 games this season, Choo has hit .237 with five doubles and nine RBIs for the Indians.