BOSTON -- Shin-Soo Choo has been shocking manager Manny Acta during his recovery process after having surgery on his left thumb at the end of June.
The original prognosis was that Choo would miss eight to 10 weeks, but just a little more than a month later, the outfielder took his first swings in the batting cage and immediately made an impression.
"I can't believe how quick of a healer this guy is," Acta said. "He seems a lot closer than we would expect at this point by the way I saw him swing the bat, so that's good news to us."
Choo said that the skin around his thumb is sensitive, and he wore a brace on his hand afterward, but he expects to take batting practice on the field with the team on Thursday, a big step in his recovery.
He played all 72 of his games this season in right field, where the newly acquired Kosuke Fukudome has played since his arrival. Fukudome could play center field, where he has some experience, when Choo returns.
Brantley sidelined with sore right wrist
BOSTON -- With Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore on the 15-day disabled list, all manager Manny Acta needed was another injured outfielder.
Acta said before Wednesday's game that Michael Brantley has been battling a sore right wrist for more than a week and will miss at least the next two games.
"He's been toughing it out and doesn't want to get out of the lineup, but our medical staff thinks that at least a day or two [off is needed] so it can heal properly," Acta said. "We appreciate him toughing it out, but we need to get him healthy."
Acta doesn't believe Brantley will miss too much time, though, and hopes to get his left fielder back in the lineup for Friday's series opener with the Rangers.
"He's been seen already in Cleveland," Acta said, "but he's going to have to take some time off. I'm planning just today and probably tomorrow. He's available, though."
Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.