Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore was once thought to be one of baseball’s up-and-coming young talents.
Then the infamous injury bug paid a visit, and never left.
According to reports, Sizemore will miss 8-12 weeks due to what has been described as a “minimally invasive procedure” to his lower back. The procedure performed on Sizemore is called a micro disectomy, in which a portion of the bone over the nerve root is removed to alleviate pressure on the nerves surrounding the bone to give them a better chance to heal.
This announcement is terrible news for the Indians, who were hoping to enjoy Sizemore’s services for the first full season in 2012 in quite some time. Since 2009, Sizemore’s injury issues have continued to compound. In the 2009 season Sizemore suffered a groin pull which hampered him throughout the season. In 2010, the speedy outfielder only played 33 games, with his season being ended by a micro-fracture surgery which was performed on his right knee.
Sizemore’s injury issues continued through last season, and the Indians initially declined an option on his contract for 2012, releasing him, later to re-sign him to a one-year, $5 million deal over the off-season.
With the lefty headed to the IR again before the first pitch of Spring Training play has even begun, one has to wonder how much longer the Indians are willing to take a risk on Sizemore, and if any team will be equally as willing down the road.
If not, it’ll be a shame.
Without the injuries, Grady Sizemore could have been one of the greats.