April 24, 2014

Grady Sizemore to Start Taking Batting Practice

Continuing to make progress from his preseason back surgery, Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will being taking batting practice when the team returns from their next road trip.

Sizemore, who sustained a lower back injury fielding ground balls during Spring Training, underwent surgery and was subsequently placed on the 60-day disabled list.  To add to the roster’s depth, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon; there were talks that Damon could opt out after Sizemore’s return. Indians manager Manny Acta, saying that “Grady is Grady,” insinuated that Damon’s signing would not have any bearing on the long-time Cleveland center fielder’s return from injury.

A three-time All-Star, Sizemore has battled injuries since 2009, having played in 106, 33, and 71 games over the course of the last three seasons. Miraculously, Sizemore has still led the team in jersey sales over the course of the same span.

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  • mgbode

    Grady’s Ladies like to buy jersey’s more than Pronk’s Honks.

  • Garry_Owen

    Headlines:

    May 7, 2012:  Grady to start taking batting practice.
    May 8, 2012:  Grady placed on 60-day DL with torn collateral post-lateral anterior figment. 

  • porckchopexpress

    Beat me to it consarn it!  Well bully for you!

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    If I read your medical statement correctly, he just had his arm amputated at the elbow socket.

  • Garry_Owen

    Anything’s possible with this guy.

    But I meant to infer that the arm was amputed just below the hip. 

  • AlexMathews

    I firmly believe that Sizemore coming back should NOT mean that Damon loses playing time or that we let him go. If that means that Brantley becomes the backup center fielder and doesn’t play every day for the time being, then so be it. I don’t think we need to let go of anyone, because between Damon, Sizemore, Choo, and Hafner…the odds that one or more of them go to the DL at some point this season are pretty high. There’s room for everyone.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think Brantley has the words “4th outfielder” tattooed on himself somewhere.  He’s hitting the ball much better as of late, but he isn’t a power guy, he isn’t an OBP guy, and he isn’t a speed guy… so what is he besides a possibly useful bench player?  If the Indians are really going for the playoffs this year, then they can’t keep a guy in the lineup hoping that he develops power if you have another guy with power ready to step in and play.  Brantley will have to go to the bench when Sizemore comes back, and Aaron Cunningham will have to fend for himself somewhere else.

  • Matt Underwood

    May 9, 2012: Tribe signs Grady to 5 year contract ext.

  • Garry_Owen

    May 10, 2012: tribe signs Kenny Lofton to fill in for Grady’s absence (and to get butts in the seats).

  • mgbode

    May 11, 2012:  Kenny Lofton gives the finger to the 3B coach as he runs through a stop-sign and scores the game winning run.

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    Where is Trever Crowe???