When Grady Sizemore limped off the field in Baltimore last Sunday, Indians fans feared the worst. When Sizemore compared the injury to the same injury he suffered on the other knee, one that required microfracture surgery last season, Indians fans felt it was a matter of time before we heard the news - that Sizemore would miss the rest of 2011.
The news came today, and while Sizemore is expected back this season the surgery he underwent is different than expected - a 20-minute procedure to correct a sports hernia.
The Indians were anticipating that Sizemore would need at least a month to rest his ailing right knee, so the ballclub felt it made sense to also address the sports hernia at this time. Sizemore indicated that he suffered the latter injury during the same painful slide in May.
"The injury, which resulted in today's surgery," Sizemore said in a statement, "has been bothering me since the slide in May. Knowing the two areas are related, and also learning my knee condition is not serious, gives me peace of mind going forward that I can finish the season healthy and help contribute to an exciting pennant chase."