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Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:20 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Once one of Major League Baseball's most promising, young stars, Indians' center fielder Grady Sizemore's career has been derailed by injuries. Unfortunately, his luck hasn't changed one bit in 2012.

Friday, Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff told media (including Jordan Bastian of MLB.com) that two weeks ago Sizemore suffered a lower back strain and is "unlikely" for opening day. Sizemore injured himself while fielding ground balls and has been shut down since. There is "no timetable yet for [a] return to baseball drills."

It's hard to not feel bad for the guy, as Sizemore simply can't stay healthy anymore. From 2005-2008, he averaged 160 games played per season. Since then, he's only played in 210 total (an average of 70 per season). His performance has suffered when he's been on the field, too, as Sizemore's OPS from 2009-11 was .728. From 2005-08, it was .868. His stolen base and home run rates have gone down as well.

Last season, Sizemore hit .224/.285/.422 with 10 homers and zero stolen bases in 71 games. He hit free agency, but the Indians brought him back on a one-year, incentive-laden contract.

With Sizemore out of the lineup, the Indians can slide Michael Brantley to center and go with Shelley Duncan, Aaron Cunningham or even Matt LaPorta in left field.

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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:52 am
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

If Sizemore had simply shown more respect to the statue of Jobu in Cerrano's locker, these career-killing injuries could have been avoided.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:42 am
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Greg Oden says Grady Sizemore is too fragile for professional sports.

Totally agree. Indians were stupid to sign him again - even with incentives. He wont play 60 games
 



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:37 am
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Its the same old story, young stud gets injured and becomes a "what if". This story of this type of player has gone on forever. But people, lets not hate the player, look at the big picture.  If Grady was healthy he would demand more than a one year incentive laden contract, he would be looking at milions. Its unfortunate that some people bad mouth the player simply because hes injured.  I can only assume that if Grady was healthy he would play balls out to the wall every game as he did in his early career.  Let's not disrespect the player simply because hes injured, lets root for him to come back to the player he used to be.




Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:16 am
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Greg Oden says Grady Sizemore is too fragile for professional sports.


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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:51 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Oh come on, what baseball fan didnt already know this would happen? This is not news. This is an annual event.




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

AAA GGG HHH !!!!!!!!!

NOT again ????????????????????



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

this guy is such a wussy.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Surprise!!!!!!!




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Sizemore injured, 'unlikely' for opening day

Wow, another promising career cut short because the person can't stay healthy. Morneau, Sizemore, Zumaya (remember him)?


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