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Grady Sizemore had another knee surgery, out until midseason

Dec 3, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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Free agent Grady Sizemore underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, his agent told MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince on Monday, and he’s expected to be sidelined for at least the first half of next season.

Sizemore already underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010. The latest procedure would seem to bode particularly ill for his chances of re-emerging as a starting outfielder in the majors.

Sizemore dealt with right knee pain throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and he considered microfracture surgery a year ago before deciding on a less intense procedure that did him little good. He never played a game for the Indians after they re-signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract last winter.

The 30-year-old Sizemore was one of the American League’s best players from 2005-08 before dealing with injuries. He played in 106 games in 2009, 33 in 2010 and 71 in 2011 before missing last season.

  1. thebadguyswon - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    What is the point anymore?

  2. Lukehart80 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I’ve long since made my peace with Sizemore never being a great player again, so this news doesn’t surprise me, but thinking back on what was lost when his health flew the coop still bums me out.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Never being a great player again is one thing, getting on the field at all just to not even be a great player anymore is another.

  3. phipfwe76 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I see a 5 year future in AAA for him. It’s just not going to work out.

    • tashkalucy - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      No reason for AAA. Grady deserves better.

      The Indians will give him 5 one-year contracts to rehab. Better Grady go with an AAAA team.

  4. Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Among guys who were in their 20’s from ’05-’08 (this list includes Pujols, Cabrera, Teixeira, etc.), Sizemore was #11 for OPS+. Then he got hurt, and that was it.

    What could have been for the poor kid. This is so sad.

    • Pierre Cruzatte - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      And that doesn’t do him justice–among the guys his age or younger who played regularly in that stretch, he was #4, behind only Miggy, Wright and Fielder.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      It is sad. He was on an awesome career path.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Isn’t he tired of constantly rehabbing the same injury? I’m sure its hard to give up but he’s made a lot of money. Move on to thenext phase of life while you still have your original knee.

    • ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Moving on isn’t in the cards for players who love to play.

      Why do Tejada and Vladdy and Damon and Moyer and Giambi and Helton and Stairs and Prior and Wood etc… keep trying to play, even if its in Japan or winter leagues or AAA or a bench job? They all made million upon millions. Why don’t they just go sit on a beach?

      Answer: They love to play, just can’t stop until they’re forced to.

      Keep trying Grady. Live the dream as long as you can.

  6. blantoncollier - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2012/12/gm_chris_antonetti_wont_close.html#incart_river_default

    And so it goes in C-Town. The Tribe considering wasting more money on Sizemore.

    Thanks Larry!

  7. tashkalucy - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Sure he made needless dives for balls in the OF to get on Sportcenter’s highlights. But all these injuries for that?

    Time to look at PED’s when we talk about Grady. He’s broken down worse then Nomar or any of those guys.

  8. djeg07 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    ever since he put his peter on a tweet he lost a lot….
    lesson learned I hope keep it in your pants.

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