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Add another disappointing chapter to the unfulfilled career of Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. The team announced on Tuesday that Sizemore, who has yet to play a game in 2012, will indeed miss the remainder of the 2012 season after not progressing in rehab like the team hoped he would. Sizemore underwent knee surgery in late 2011 and back surgery in spring of 2012, and has not been able to get back to 100%.
Sizemore returned to the Indians in 2012 on an incentive-laden contract that tied much of his salary to his health, and it's fair to wonder if any team will take a chance on him for the 2013 season. Sizemore has only played in 104 games since the beginning of the 2011 season.
The Cleveland Indians appear less optimistic regarding outfielder Grady Sizemore's return this season, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.
Indians not ruling out a return for Grady Sizemore this year, but not expecting anything, either. Legs haven't responded in rehab.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 14, 2012
This is a slight change in tone, with all prior reports indicating that the veteran centerfielder would return at some point this season. Now, that appears to be up in the air.
Sizemore has been on the 60-day Disabled List since Spring Training, but he's made only gradual progress in rehab as the outfielder's injury bug over the past several seasons continues to bite. He played a full 162 games for Cleveland in 2006 and 2007 and 157 games in 2008 and made the American League All-Star team all three seasons, but he's played only 210 games in the past three-plus seasons.
The Indians signed the outfielder to an incentive-laden one-year deal this offseason in the hopes that he could return healthier and provide even a shell of his former self, but Sizemore has yet to see the field this season.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians oft-injured outfielder Grady Sizemore made some progress when he took batting practice and went for a run on a tread mill during a rehab session stemming from a back injury. This comes as a positive development after having to slow down his rehab earlier in June.
However, despite the gradual process, Sizemore is no closer to making his season debut but the Indians are hopeful that he will be able to contribute in some capacity this season.
Via The Chronicle Online:
"We do expect to have him back. When that is, we don't know," manager Manny Acta said.
The Cleveland Indians took a big risk when they re-signed Grady Sizemore prior to the beginning of the season, and it came back to bite them when they were forced to place him on the 60-day disabled list. Many hoped that Sizemore would be able to return at the end of that period, and there was even some good signs in his rehab at the beginning of May.
Sizemore has been doing some throwing and running before games here and there, but now it looks like he might be injured for longer than previously thought. According to Jordan Bastian on Twitter, trainers have been saying that Sizemore has slowed down in his rehab and that he has backed off of running activities in the last couple weeks.
This is par the course for Sizemore, who has had five different surgeries over the last three years. Still, one of the trainers does believe that Sizemore has more to offer the team, even in 2012:
Soloff "We're still optimistic that he's going to contribute in 2012. It's unreasonable & unfair to Grady ... to set a definitive timetable"— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 7, 2012
Either way, it's certainly up for debate at this point, but with no timetable, it's anybody's guess as to when Sizemore will be back out there for The Tribe.
We have a Grady Sizemore (60-day DL) sighting. Threw long toss and did some running/agility work pregame at Progressive Field.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 8, 2012
Watching Grady Sizemore run sprints in the outfield. #Indians— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) May 8, 2012
Sizemore was placed on the 60-day disabled list at the start of the season after he missed all of spring training recovering from back surgery. The earliest he could return to the team is June 3rd, assuming he suffers no setbacks in his rehab.
Indians manager Manny Acta told the Akron Beacon Journal that he expects Sizemore to be taking batting practice by next week.
Seeing him throw long toss and get active in running a month before his potential return can only be good signs for Indians fans that want to see Sizemore back in action.
The Cleveland Indians have to trim their 40-man roster by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, to make room for Dan Wheeler and Jose Lopez who made the team as minor league invitees. With two players needing to be taken off the roster, the first move came this afternoon when the Tribe announced that perpetually injured center fielder Grady Sizemore would be put on the 60-day disabled list. Sizemore missed all of spring training after back surgery in February.
When news first came down about the back injury, it was expected that he would miss four to eight weeks. Well, now we have official confirmation that he will miss at least the first two months of the season. The earliest he could return is June 3rd, and that's if he doesn't experience any setbacks in his rehab.
The Indians still have to designate one more player for assignment to finalize the roster this evening.
Grady Sizemore had back surgery, which typically requires 8 to 12 weeks of recovery.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 1, 2012
The procedure Sizemore underwent was a microdiscectomy, a surgery to remove herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. Sizemore has been plagued with knee injuries over the past two seasons, including a microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010.
After Cleveland declines Sizemore's option for the 2012 season, they resigned him to a one-year worth about $5 million. Sizemore, 29, has played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians after being drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000.