Grady Sizemore: Cleveland Indians Star Uncertain for Opening Day

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Grady Sizemore: Cleveland Indians Star Uncertain for Opening Day
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After appearing in at least 157 games the past 4 seasons, Grady Sizemore has played in just 139 games the last 2 years.

When healthy, Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore is widely considered to be one of the best center fielders in the game of baseball.

From 2005 to 2008, Sizemore won two Gold Gloves, was named an All-Star three times and in 2006 became just the second player in Major League Baseball history to tally at least 50 doubles, 10 triples, 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season.

Unfortunately, the Indians and Major League Baseball may have to wait until mid-April at the earliest to see Sizemore return to the field.

Sizemore, who only played in 33 games last year before being sidelined with a knee injury, has appeared in just 139 total games the last two seasons after appearing in at least 157 games each of the previous four seasons.

In 2009, Sizemore went under the knife to repair his left elbow, and one week later had surgery to repair a hernia related to a groin injury suffered during spring training. The latter injury forced Sizemore to pull out of the World Baseball Classic and hampered his entire 2009 season.

Sizemore's 2010 season ended when he chose to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee. The procedure involves drilling holes in the bone plate, allowing the body to fill in the holes the way a scab covers up a cut. Recovery time can take up to between six and 12 months.

For Sizemore and the Indians, in the long run the more time Sizemore has to heal up the better.

There's no need to rush the 28-year-old face of the Tribe back into the lineup and risk further injury, or perhaps even prematurely ending his career only four years after he donned the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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