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Indians activate Sizemore, start him at leadoff vs. O’s

Apr 17, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

The Indians are off to a fantastic 10-4 start and have provided Major League Baseball’s biggest feel-good story to this point as they sit atop the American League Central standings.

Now they’re about to get a major piece of their starting lineup back.

According to the organization’s official Twitter feed, center fielder Grady Sizemore has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is batting leadoff on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

Sizemore missed the first two weeks of the regular season while in recovery mode from microfracture knee surgery. He’s probably not back to 100 percent quite yet, but his left knee has to be tested at some point and the Tribe feel confident enough that he can contribute right now.

Sizemore spent six days on a minor league rehab assignment, collecting six hits, a home run and four RBI in 17 at-bats between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians placed infielder Mitch Talbot on the disabled list with an elbow injury to clear roster space.

  1. Lukehart80 - Apr 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    The two positions the Tribe has gotten the least production from so far are catcher, right-field and left-field. I have faith that Santana and Choo will get it going before too long. If Sizemore can stay healthy and provide solid production, the Indians’ line-up could be pretty strong. I’m not making plans for October or anything, but it’s a lot more fun to be a Cleveland fan right now than I expected it to be.

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