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Grady Sizemore undergoes another knee surgery as 2012 option looms

Oct 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

When the Indians shut down Grady Sizemore for the final week of the season they described the move as precautionary, but yesterday the oft-injured center fielder underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in Colorado.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the surgery was Sizemore’s fifth in the past three years, but says the good news is that it wasn’t the dreaded microfracture operation that Sizemore had on his left knee last year.

Sizemore will have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training, but he may not be reporting to camp with the Indians. Cleveland holds an $8.5 million option or $500,000 buyout on Sizemore for 2012 and general manager Chris Antonetti declined to share any insight when asked about the odds of exercising it.

Once upon a time that option seemed like a no-brainer pickup, but Sizemore has missed 56, 129, and 91 games in the past three seasons and has hit just .220 with a .280 on-base percentage and .379 slugging percentage since the beginning of 2010. Cleveland must decide on the option within three days after the World Series ends, so Sizemore won’t be recovered from this latest surgery when the $8 million choice is made.

  1. davebrownspiral - Oct 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Let him walk, if he’s actually able to. For a guy not even 30 yet, he is broken down. Never lived up to the hype as a potential 30/30 guy. I doubt he would be able to garner $8.5 million on the open market.

  2. Lukehart80 - Oct 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    I think he absolutely lived up to the hype, for a four year stretch he was one of the 5 or 6 best players in baseball, that’s nothing to scoff at.

    Injuries have taken a massive toll on him, and as much as I hate it, I think his salary would be too big a risk for a small payroll team next season.

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