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Grady Sizemore ruled out for the season

Aug 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Grady Sizemore AP

When the Indians re-signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million they did so hoping he’d be ready for Opening Day, but instead the oft-injured center fielder hasn’t played a single game and now he’s been ruled out for the season following another setback.

Manager Manny Acta summed up the situation pretty well to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

It’s sad. I won’t call it disappointing. I’m just sad for the human being that he is, and the type of player that he is. … A lot of things have happened over the last three, four years that have been completely out of his control. The guy played the game right. He was an elite player in this league. Unfortunately, over the last three or four seasons, he hasn’t been able to do it.

Sizemore is still only 30 years old, but he’s had multiple surgeries on his back, elbow, and both knees. And he’s just never been able to build any momentum with his latest comeback, repeatedly having to take a break from rehab due to different aches and pains.

By age 25 he’d made three All-Star teams, won two Gold Glove awards, and received MVP votes in four seasons. In four years since then Sizemore will have missed 438 of a possible 648 games while hitting .234 when in the lineup. What a shame.

  1. rooney24 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Cleveland needs to cut their losses and let him go. They have paid him over $18 million the last three years for little to no production. If anything, he should offer to sign for a minor league deal and play for the minimum next year.

    Interesting nugget from baseball-reference.com was that he was acquired in a trade from the Expos along with Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Lee Stevens. The Indians sent out Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. Pretty good haul for the Indians, but had the Indians held on to Phillips and gotten the production that the Reds are getting from him, you might talk about this as one of the bigger trades ever.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      It’s unfortunate that BP was in the doghouse with Eric Wedge, because you’re right, he could have been the next big 2nd baseman since Robbie Alomar. Although, Jason Kipnis is playing fantastic for the Indians, he could have stayed as an outfielder if BP was playing 2nd. Since 2006, the Indians have used many, many different 2nd basemen, and all we got for him was Jeff Stevens.

  2. Lukehart80 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Sizemore’s struggles with injuries these last few years have been about the most frustrating thing I can remember in life as an Indians fan. He was so, so good and was signed to a very reasonable extension, it’s hard not to think of what might have been. Maybe he does sign some sort of cheap minor league deal and stay with the team, but it seems likely this is the end of the road for him in Cleveland. In any case, I wish him all the best.

  3. willclarkgameface - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Such a shame. At one time he was considered to be an up and coming superstar. Now he’s just as injury prone as any of the Cubs pitchers from that 2003 NLCS team.

    Let the guy go. I’m sure he’ll pick up with someone else down the road for pennies on the dollar and he’ll be relegated to 4th outfielder duty for the rest of his career.

  4. tyler200829 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Ohhhh what a pity to be a fan and have to watch it happen….come on man show some remorse for the guy, sad story

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