Sizemore Placed on Disabled List
By Mike Brandyberry
The Indians announced this morning that Grady Sizemore had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his right knee. Sizemore had to leave the game in the first inning of Sunday’s contest when his knee buckled rounding first. It is the second time this season that Sizemore has been placed on the DL with pain in his knee. Sizemore had micro fracture surgery on his left knee a year ago.
Sizemore admitted to several media members on this morning that the pain in his knee in May, was gradual, but this time it was immediate. He also described it as a, “similar pain to what he felt in his left knee last year.” Sizemore was sidelined for the remainder of last season. One has to wonder if this trip to the disabled list will end Sizemore’s season.
Considering the team will have to decide to exercise Sizemore’s $9 million option on his contract for 2012, it is possible the player Mark Shapiro once described as a, “once in a generation player,” has played his last game for the Indians.
The team is now left with a tough decision, as far as outfield options. Manager Manny Acta said Ezequiel Carrera will get much of the opportunity to play centerfield. Carrera, combined with Austin Kearns and Travis Buck will have to man two of the three outfield spots. Currently, the Indians have not been willing to pay the price teams are asking for outfielders with middle of the order production, however, the team may have just become more desperate.