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Grady Sizemore to get second opinion on right knee

Sep 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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Grady Sizemore was shut down for the rest of the season over the weekend. And while the Indians initially described the decision as a precautionary measure, today’s update from team trainer Lonnie Soloff is somewhat concerning.

According to the Associated Press, Sizemore will have his right knee examined by Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday in Colorado. This is significant because Steadman is the same doctor who performed microfracture surgery on Sizemore’s left knee in June of last year.

“I think we’re going out there just to get another opinion on his knee,” Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. “What course of action puts Grady in the best possible position to play and perform next year?”

“We’re going out there just with Grady’s best interests in mind, short-term and long-term,” Soloff said. “I think we’re open to (Steadman’s) assessment and his recommendation. … I think that his expertise is what you seek.”

Sizemore was limited to just 71 games this season, batting .224/.285/.422 with 10 home runs, 32 RBI, zero stolen bases and a .706 OPS over 295 plate appearances. The 29-year-old center fielder didn’t make his season debut until mid-April following surgery and then suffered a bone bruise in his right knee and a sports hernia on a slide into second base in May. He served three separate stints on the disabled list this season.

Sizemore is in the final guaranteed year of a six-year, $23.45 million contract. The Indians will soon have to make a decision about whether to pick up his $8.5 million option for 2012 or pay a $500,000 buyout, which will make him a free agent for the first time in his career.

  1. tashkalucy - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    I sorry for Grady’s injuries, but he was never much of a clutch player, and started going downhill 5 years ago.

    Just another guy with a lot of talent that couldn’t use it, and another guy that got great national pub from Peter Gammons because his GM (Mark Shapiro) was trading Gammons inside info on other teams.

    The way the game is played.

    And to think I heard Mark Shapiro on Jim Rome in 2007 saying Sizemore was one of the players of this generation. Didn’t know that players of a generation peaked hitting .290.

    2005 – .289 .348 .484
    2006 – .290 .375 .533
    2007 – .277 .390 .462
    2008 – .268 .374 .502
    2009 – .248 .343 .445
    2010 – .211 .271 .289
    2011 – ..224 .285 .422

  2. channingtaintum - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Word is they found members of the same family of raccoon’s who set up shop in Chipper’s knee.

  3. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    Gotta let him go, there are much lower salary to injury ratios out there. Maybe he’ll resign for a discount being that they’ve paid him millions for nothing but a “mug shot” the last few years.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    They have to buy him out. As much as he is probably beloved in Cleveland the franchise cannot tie up $8.5 mil to a player who hasn’t been productive in a good three years. I don’t know what kind of offers he may receive on the open market but he might want to stay in Cleveland at a reduced salary.

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