Shin-Soo Choo had one word to describe his feelings about returning to Cleveland: "Excited."

Choo, of course, spent 6 1/2 years with the Indians before being traded to the Reds in the offseason.

"For six years, I went to the home clubhouse," he said. "Now, I'm going to the visitors' clubhouse. I'm just happy to see everyone."

Choo hit a home run in his first at-bat against the Indians on Monday.

"Baseball is weird," he said. "The last three or four games, I'm not playing good. Dusty (Baker) told some players when go in slump, they take pitches. That's what I was doing. He told me to be more aggressive."

Choo has given the Reds what they expected and more. He went into Tuesday's game hitting .290 with a .442 on-base percentage (second in the National League to Joey Votto's .475). Choo was second in the league in walks and tied for third in runs.

"I really didn't have any expectations," Baker said. "I had seen him from across the field. You don't really know until you get a player. Guys look like a million dollars on the other side of the field. You get them and they're worth 50 cents. Other guys look like 50 cents and get them and they look like a million dollars.

"I always thought Mr. Choo was pretty cool. The clothes he wore. His hairstyle. He was always hitting home runs off us, throwing people out from right field. We knew he was a good player. What he didn't know is he was a better teammate than he was a player."