On the eve of the Indians' big three-game home series with Detroit, attention shifted temporarily 18 miles east, to a man and his thumb.

Shin-Soo Choo, on the disabled list since breaking his left thumb after being hit by a pitch on June 24 in San Francisco, made his first rehab appearance Monday with the Lake County Captains. Choo played six innings, grounded out weakly to second and took a called third strike in two plate appearances. In the field, he flagged down a long fly to the fence in right.

Choo said he was a little nervous and his timing is a little off, but otherwise felt comfortable at the plate and felt no pain. He hasn't heard from the Indians about when he might rejoin the club.

"I really want to play. The next six games against Detroit and Minnesota are big series I really want to play," he said. "My body's ready, but I'll see more pitches here, make sure everything feels good."

At the time of his injury, Choo was batting .244 with 10 doubles, two triples, five homers, 28 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 72 games.

Choo batted third and wore number 25 instead of his usual 17. Fans at Classic Park greeted him with the familiar "Chooooo" as he stepped to the plate each time.

Facing Dayton Dragons left-hander Mitch Clarke, Choo swung at the first pitch of his first at-bat, bouncing it foul past first, then took a called strike on the outside corner. On an 0-2 count, he sent a weak chopper to second and was thrown out by a step.

In the top of the second, Choo, who turned 29 last month, chased down a long sacrifice fly to the fence.