Choo’s cast-covered left thumb likely to get surgery

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Choo’s cast-covered left thumb likely to get surgery

SAN FRANCISCO - Choo Shin-soo was walking around the Cleveland Indians clubhouse on Saturday with a soft cast on his left hand that covered three stitches on his bloodied, broken thumb.

The only thing that might hurt worse is the hole in Cleveland’s shattered lineup.

The Indians’ right fielder will see a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday and expects to have surgery on his injured thumb, likely sidelining the Korean for the next six weeks and possibly more.

“It is discouraging because he was swinging the bat very well,’’ manager Manny Acta said. “He was playing better, pulling the ball with authority and we knew it was just a matter of time before he could carry this ballclub for some weeks as he has done in the past. It’s not only his offense.

“To me, he’s the best defensive right fielder in the American League and really, really helps us a lot running the bases. He’s the complete package for us,’’ Acta said. “It’s a big blow. It would be an understatement to call it a blow.’’

Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list after his thumb was smashed when it was hit by a pitch by erratic lefty Jonathan Sanchez in the fourth inning of a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday. He fell face first to the dirt and remained there as a team trainer rushed out to check on him.

He eventually was helped to the dugout with Acta and a team trainer by his side. Choo went to the hospital for stitches but didn’t need to give a prognosis.

“As soon as it hit, I knew it was serious,’’ Choo said. “It’s disappointing. But it’s even more disappointing because I can’t help the team.’’

Choo has been arguably Cleveland’s best all-around player the last two years.

His almost identical numbers the last two seasons show how much of a consistent force he’s been in the middle of the lineup: He hit .300 with 22 home runs and 90 RBI last year, and he hit .300 with 20 homers and 86 RBI in 2009.

Choo was off to a slow start this season - hitting .244 with five home runs - but was starting to find his groove for the Indians, who are clinging to first place in the AL Central. He had hit safely in 20 of his previous 26 games.

“Just stability. He gives us so much,’’ Acta said. “He plays every single day unless I really want to give him a day off. He brings a lot.’’


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추신수, 최소 6주 결장…수술 전망도

경기 도중 공을 맞아 엄지가 부러진 추신수(29·클리블랜드 인디언스)가 장기간 경기에 결장할 전망이다.

미국 메이저리그 공식홈페이지인 MLB닷컴은 25일 추신수의 부상 소식과 함께 복귀까지 긴 시간이 필요할 것이라고 보도했다.

추신수는 전날 샌프란시스코와의 경기 4회에 상대 왼손 투수 조너선 산체스가 던진 시속 143㎞짜리 직구에 엄지를 맞아 뼈가 부러져 부상자 명단에 올랐다.

MLB닷컴은 추신수의 공백이 최소 6주 이어지리라는 클리블랜드 수석 트레이너의 전망을 전했다.

수술을 받는다면 이보다 더 길어질 수 도 있다.

추신수는 이날 자택이 있는 클리블랜드로 이동해 손 치료 전문가인 토머스 그래엄 박사에게 정밀 검사를 받을 계획이다.

클리블랜드 구단은 그래엄 박사와의 상담이 끝난 뒤에 구체적인 재활 계획을 공개한다는 입장이다.

매니 악타 클리블랜드 감독은 "수술 가능성에 대해서도 상담할 것"이라고 밝혔다.

추신수는 지난 시즌 수비 도중 왼손 엄지 인대를 다쳤을 때도 그래엄 박사와 상의한 끝에 수술 대신 재활을 택해 예상보다 일찍 그라운드에 복귀한 적이 있다.

한편, 추신수는 이날 부목을 댄 채 경기장에 나타나 부상에 안타까운 마음을 전했다.

추신수는 "팀이 좋은 출발을 했고 여전히 1위라 플레이오프에 진출할 수 있는데 전혀 도움을 주지 못해 슬프다"고 말했다.

그러나 공에 맞은 상황에 대해서는 "어쩔 수 없었다"고 담담한 태도를 취했다.

추신수는 "투수들은 언제나 몸쪽 공을 던지려 한다"며 "그것이 그들의 직업이고, 난 거기에 불만이 없다. 그냥 그 일이 일어났을 뿐"이라고 말했다.

추신수는 또 최근 8경기에서 타율 0.370으로 상승세를 탄 것에 대해서도 "많이 좋아진 것은 아니지만, 시즌 초보다 타석에서 기분이 좋고 자신감이 있다"고 전했다.

추신수는 "음주운전 사건은 이제 생각하지 않고 있다"고 덧붙였다.

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