Shin-Soo Choo injury: Reds OF could return Monday

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Choo is having a spectacular season, but has missed this weekend's games due to a jammed thumb.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo said Sunday that he would return to the team's lineup on Monday, reports John Fayman of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Choo has missed Saturday and Sunday's games due to a sore thumb.

More Reds coverage: Red Reporter

X-rays on the injury came back negative, showing no fracture in the finger. Choo jammed his left thumb sliding head-first into first base in an attempt to beat out a grounder. The thumb is the same one he had surgery on in 2011, leading the Reds to be cautious.

However, the team will be glad to get Choo back in the lineup. Though Cincinnati has a playoff spot all but locked up, it remains three games behind the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central and would prefer to skip a wildcard round.

Choo, 31, is in the midst of arguably the best season of his career. Over 148 games, he has hit .283/.423/.462 with 21 home runs and 18 stolen bases.

Speedster Billy Hamilton will start in center field on Sunday while Choo sits.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Billy Hamilton: Psychology of the shocking jogger

Less intimidating National League logos

Andy Pettitte is a tough HoF case

Grading the unwritten rules: Pool hopping edition

In or out, Rangers on the verge of change

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.