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Grady Sizemore out 8-12 weeks following back surgery

Mar 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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When the Indians told reporters that they’d have an update on Grady Sizemore‘s health status today Jordan Bastian of MLB.com immediately tweeted that it “sounds ominous” and … well, he was right.

Sizemore, who was already expected to miss Opening Day because of a back injury suffered three weeks ago, underwent micro discectomy surgery on his lower back and now will miss at least 8-12 weeks.

Given his lengthy injury history it’s tough to imagine Sizemore making a speedy recovery and returning 12 weeks from today would mean early June. Not exactly what the Indians had in mind when they declined his $8 million option and then re-signed Sizemore for $5 million, although they’re reasonably well-equipped to handle his absence (and certainly used to it by now) with Michael Brantley shifting from left field to center field.

And between Grady’s back surgery and Scott’s torn ACL this has been a very tough week for Sizemores.

  1. Ben - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I’m shoc..no wait, I’m not that. I’m the other thing. Unsurprised, that’s it.

    • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Whats the opposite of shame?
      Less shame?
      yea, that

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      • tmohr - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Send this to Sizemore – he’ll have a lot of time on his hands.

  2. El Bravo - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Quick someone check on Tom!!!!

    • ducksouped - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Just did. He’s still insane.

  3. lyon810 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    The Expos look pretty good now for having traded him…ya…pretty…good

  4. AJ - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    …and on the same day as A.J. Burnett goes out indefinitely. Who woulda figured?

  5. randygnyc - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    It’s hard to feel bad for guys who make millions of dollars a year, regardless of how short their careers might be. Just hoping none of these athletes (except guys like Jayson Werth and Josh Beckett) suffer permanently disabling injuries.

    • foreverchipper10 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      If that is how you feel (as you have mentioned it before) I hope you get hit by a car in the near future.

  6. blantoncollier - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Thank you Larry Dolan for continuing to spend on washed up injured players and AAA1/2 players from other systems. Someday you will sell the team to someone that can afford to spend the money to make the team competitive.

  7. Tick - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Maybe during his off time, Sizemore and Greg Oden can form a band that plays ska tinged Black Eyed Peas covers.

    • yankeesgameday - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      I don’t get it. But I’d listen to that band.

  8. akbrownsfan - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    His balls out style of play are starting to take effect. Too bad for Grady

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