CHICAGO -- The Indians planned on having right fielder Shin-Soo Choo test his ailing left hamstring with some baserunning on Tuesday afternoon, but there was only one problem. A light rain was falling on U.S. Cellular Field and a tarp covered the diamond.
Cleveland held Choo out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game, but the club improvised when it came to his pregame workout. The right fielder went through a series of running and agility drills in the outfield and manager Manny Acta expressed optimism about being able to put Choo back in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
"I'm anticipating that he's going to start tomorrow," Acta said prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Choo exited a 4-3 victory over the Royals on April 24 in the eighth inning after having pain in his left hamstring. The outfielder has progressed through a number of drills and tests over the past few days, but running the bases was one of the final hurdles heading into Tuesday.
Acta noted that Choo was not cleared to start on Tuesday, but the right fielder was available off the bench for the Tribe.
"He needed one more day," Acta said. "If it wasn't for the weather, we probably were going to have him run the bases and do all the normal stuff that you do during batting practice."
With Choo still sidelined, the Indians gave backup outfielder Aaron Cunningham the nod in right field for the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. Cunningham started the previous six games for the Cleveland, hitting .300 (6-for-20) with two RBIs.
Choo is hitting .237 with five doubles and nine RBIs through 15 games for the Indians.