The Cleveland Indians, who were once thought to be a contender in the American League Central after another good start to the season, announced that outfielder Grady Sizemore will not return this season.Sizemore, who signed a one-year deal this off season worth $5 million, was trying to make a return this year after undergoing a micro discectomy procedure on his lower back in early March. He was expected to miss eight to twelve weeks, but was forced to stop his rehab after experiencing different aches and pains.
Over the past two years, the Indians outfielder has had surgery on both knees, his abdomen and back. His recent quote about his body pretty much sums up how he feels on an everyday basis.
I’m not physically able to play. There’s never a day when I’m not sore. Every day there is some kind of pain. It’s hard to know what normal feels like, I’ve had so many issues.
The three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner has a career .269/.357/.473 line in 892 games over eight season with the Tribe. His best season came back in 2008, when he belted 33 home runs and was 10th in MVP voting. His absence this season forced the Indians to play eight different players in left field, while using four different in centre. The club also signed outfielder Johnny Damon in hopes he would help the offence lost with Sizemore out, but that experiment failed and Damon was eventually released.