How Shin-Soo Choo took batting practice before Friday night's game against Texas will go a long way in determining if the Indians send him on a rehabilitation assignment when the team returns home from this seven-game trip on Sunday night.

Choo took early batting practice Thursday at Fenway Park to test his surgically repaired left thumb.

Before taking the field in the heat of Arlington on Friday, Choo said, "The thumb is a little stiff, but that's normal. Some days it hurts, some days it doesn't. We'll just see how it feels."

Manager Manny Acta has been encouraged by the way Choo has swung the bat in the cages and in early batting practice on this trip.

"It's realistic that he could start his rehab when we get home," Acta said. "A lot will depend on how he swings the bat today (Friday) and how he feels the day after. But it is realistic that he could start a rehab assignment pretty soon."