Shin-Soo Choo tested his healing powers Thursday by taking live batting practice for the first time since breaking his left thumb June 24. "My timing was not very good, but everything else was fine," he said. "I'll do it again tomorrow." Indians manager Manny Acta watched and confirmed that Choo suffered no ill effects from the session. "Everything went OK," he said. "He didn't really let it go, but he's only one or two [days] away from letting it go. He had no pain, no nothing. He did not have any stinging sensation. It looks like he's going to come back sooner than we anticipated." Choo was not expected to return to the lineup until the last week of August or first week in September. But including a brief rehabilitation assignment, he probably will be activated in two weeks or less. NO TIRED ARMS — At this stage of the season, it's commonplace to see a reliever or two show signs of fatigue. Not so with the Tribe. "None of these guys has thrown as many innings as last year," Acta said. "Any time you have a staff ERA under 4.00 in the American League, you're good." Last year, Justin Masterson was limited to 180 innings. This season, there are no restrictions on any starter. "I think every one of those guys can go over 200 innings," Acta said. "They're all good to go."
Choo ahead of schedule to return to Tribe
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