The Indians will be spending the next eight to 10 weeks without right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. He underwent surgery on his left thumb Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic and isn't expected to be ready to play until late August or early September. The recovery time didn't catch the Indians by surprise, but it doesn't make it any easier to absorb. "Before things went down in Cleveland, we knew how long Choo would be out," said manager Manny Acta. "It wasn't a secret to us." Hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham performed the surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He stabilized the fracture with a screw and metal plate and aligned it. Choo was hit by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch Friday in the fourth inning against San Francisco. Sanchez was placed on the disabled list the next day with left biceps tendinitis. Choo escaped a serious injury to his right thumb last year when he strained it attempting a diving catch. He was not so fortunate this season. Head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Choo's eight to 10-week recovery time includes any rehab work he might need. "When he's ready to play in games, it should be in the big leagues," said Soloff. Acta is rotating Austin Kearns, Travis Buck and Shelley Duncan in right field to try and replace Choo. "There is only so much you can do," said Acta. "You can talk to the 29 other clubs and they're not going to give up their best player. It's very tough to find a player of his caliber on any club or in our system.
Manny Acta on life without Shin-Soo Choo in the outfield -- 'there's no magic wand'
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 29