Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo had vowed to return earlier than expected from a broken left thumb.

He was true to his word.

The Indians activated Choo from the disabled list Friday and designated veteran outfielder Austin Kearns for assignment.

On June 24 in San Francisco, Choo was hit by a pitch from Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez. Dr. Thomas Graham performed surgery June 28 at Cleveland Clinic, piecing the bone back together with the aid of a metal plate and screws.

The Indians projected Choo to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks. Choo began his rehab assignment Monday at Class A Lake County, but played in just three games. One was rained out.

"I'm ready, I think," Choo said. "[Thursday night], I felt real good. I didn't feel any pain the last three games. But I haven't been jammed yet, so I don't know for sure."

Choo started and batted leadoff Friday night against the Twins. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout in the Indians' 3-2 victory.