Shin-Soo Choo has surgery on thumb PHOENIX: Dr. Tom Graham performed surgery on Shin-Soo Choo's broken left thumb Tuesday, and he is expected to be out of action eight to 10 weeks.

"The doctor puts it [the fractured bone] back in line, where it should be," head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "Then he puts a plate or screws — I'm not sure what he used — to keep the bone together."

The 8-10 week prognosis means that Choo is expected to be back on the field for the Tribe within that time frame.

Now that the Indians have a good idea of Choo's time frame, does it change their plans?

"Even before today, we knew he'd be out for two months," manager Manny Acta said. "But there's only so much we can do. We can talk to all 29 clubs, but right now it's hard to find teams that don't think they're not in it [the race].

"We're going to have to have guys up here pick up the slack. There's no magic words we can say. We lost a good player."