Shin-Soo Choo, the Indians' regular right fielder, hit about 40 balls off the tee and threw briefly in the outfield Friday afternoon.

Choo has been on the disabled list since June 25 because of a broken left thumb.

"It's still uncomfortable, still a little stiff, but that's normal," Choo said. "We're only at one month. Overall, I feel good. I'll keep pushing it, but I'm not going to do anything stupid."

Choo will take today off, then graduate to soft-toss hitting Sunday.

"He's doing very well," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "If things continue to progress this way, we might be looking at him to take batting practice in a week to 10 days."

Choo has said he hopes to be back by mid-August. Once Choo returns, newly acquired Kosuke Fukudome presumably would slide to center, where he has experience.

"We'll cross that bridge when we get there," Acta said.