Even though Shin-Soo Choo missed his fifth game in a row Sunday because of a slight hamstring strain, manager Manny Acta had a positive report about his right fielder.
“He’s OK,” Acta said. “We’ll see how he comes back after the activities he did with Lonnie today. I anticipate that he’ll be ready for the next series in Chicago.”
Choo ran the bases and did agility drills under the supervision of head trainer Lonnie Soloff Sunday morning and reported no ill effects.
After today’s off day, the Tribe opens a three-game series with the White Sox Tuesday night, so Choo will get one more day of rest before returning.
During Choo’s absence, the Indians were 2-3, but it could have been worse inasmuch the offense produced 12 runs over that span.
“I’m just happy we were able to buy some time until Choo was healthy,” Acta said.
SURGERY REQUIRED – Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington will undergo surgery on his right hip today at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Dr. Marc Philippon will perform the operation. Washington is expected to be out of action two to four months.
Washington was the Tribe’s second-round pick in the 2010 draft but struggled at the plate last year. This is his second season with the Captains.
FARM FACTS – Matt LaPorta doubled, singled and scored three runs, raising his average to .389 in Columbus’ 6-4 win over Pawtucket. Beau Mills hit his second homer of the year, Lonnie Chisenhall and Russ Canzler had two hits each, and Kevin Slowey gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings. … Mike Rayl (2-3, 3.25 ERA) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, as Carolina lost to Salem, 3-2. Tyler Holt had two hits to raise his average to .361. … Will Roberts (2-1, 2.90 ERA) worked seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in Lake County’s 6-0 win over Burlington. Luigi Rodriguez and Jerrud Sabourin each had three hits.