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Prognosis for early return by Choo not good

By Sheldon Published: June 25, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO: Manager Manny Acta was asked this morning how long it would take Shin-Soo Choo to recover from a broken left thumb.

""He's going to fly to Cleveland to see Dr. (Tom) Graham Monday,'' he said. ""They will discuss the possibility of surgery. I would say he'll be out anywhere from one month to what -- 90 days?''

Choo was struck in the left hand with a pitch thrown by Jonathan Sanchez in the fourth inning of the Tribe's 4-3 loss to the Giants Friday night. He left the game and was taken to a local hospital.

It is believed that the fracture is displaced, that is, the two parts of the bone do not fit perfectly together. That means there's a possibility a pin will be inserted in the thumb to speed the healing process if surgery is the treatment of choice.

Choo knew immediately that something was wrong.

""I've been hit enough times that I knew right away,'' he said. ""As soon as it hit me, I was thinking, "This is something bad. ''

In the short term, Acta said he would platoon left-handed batting Travis Buck and righty Austin Kearns in right field, also mixing in right-handed Shelley Duncan occasionally.

But the manager added that this plan might not be sufficient.

""We will continue to look externally and internally at Triple-A,'' Acta said. ""It's kind of early, so it might be tough to make a trade. But we have some other options if this (Kearns, Buck) doesn't work out going forward. We have (Ezequiel) Carrera and (Chad) Huffman at Columbus.''


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