Choo could be back with the Indians by next weekend

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Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a sprained right thumb in early July and had to be placed on the disabled list. 

Early projections, by the the Cleveland Plain Dealer at least, suggested that he could miss a total of two months.  Thankfully they were way off.

Choo took 50 swings of batting practice on Sunday, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, and he is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Monday.  If all goes well, he should move on to Triple-A Columbus by the middle of next week and could be with the Tribe by next weekend.

Choo, 28, was batting .286/.390/.475 with 13 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 43 RBI in 301 at-bats when he was placed on the disabled list on July 4.  Though the Indians are already out of the running in the American League Central, Choo’s spark near the heart of the lineup should help the club maintain a level of respectability through the second half.

Giancarlo Stanton to begin rehab assignment tonight

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Giancarlo Stanton will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with High-A Tampa. That according to the team’s Tweet to that effect.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. Figure he’ll need a week or so of minor league games to get back to playing speed.

At the time Stanton’s injury seemed to be a catastrophic thing for the team’s chances, but after a sluggish start the Yankees have been on fire for weeks and now sit in first place in the American League East.

Still, getting Stanton back will be a big boost for the New York lineup. He’s hit a few homers in his time, I hear.