Cleveland Indians outfielder was back on the field Wednesday night at Canal Park as he recovers from a right knee contusion and hernia surgery.
In the first rehab start, Sizemore went 0-3 with two groundouts to second base and a strikeout as a designated hitter. He left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and is expected to play the outfield for the Aeros today (Thursday).
“It feels good. It’s definitely good to get out there and get at bats and just move around a little bit,” Sizemore said. “I’m still coming off the hernia and the knee at the same time so it’s going to be challenging.”
Sizemore was placed on the disabled list July 18 with the right knee contusion (last year, Sizemore had surgery on the left knee) and had the hernia surgery at the same time, leaving many people to question whether his season was over at that point.
“I don’t think there was ever a doubt that I wouldn’t be able to get back (this season). I think that was worse case scenario,” Sizemore said. “There is a still a chance, I guess, if something happens out there and it gets worse, but this was kind of the set plan from day one. Try to get back at the six week mark.”
With the Indians in the playoff hunt, Sizemore is doing everything he can to return to the Indians as fast as possible without causing more of a risk to himself, he said.
It’s hard to gauge exactly where Sizemore is at this point, asked if he felt more comfortable after the second or third at bat Wednesday Sizemore replied “Not really” with a chuckle.
“It was good to be out there,” he said. “I definitely felt rusty.”
Sizemore is expected to play the outfield today (Thursday) in Akron and its unclear where he will go from There. The Aeros begin a four-game road trip to Harrisburg to end the season and he will not be traveling with them.
Aeros 6, Phillies 5 (13 innings)
Key situation: Catcher Michel Hernandez’s walkoff walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th inning scored Cristo Arnal.
Quick hits: Reading first baseman Matt Rizzotti hit a two-run home run, his third home run in two days...Akron Aeros catcher Chun Chen hit his second home run in as many days and Karexon Sanchez added a two-run home run...Hernandez had an opportunity to win the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning and grounded into a double play.
Next game: Aeros left-hander T.J. McFarland (9-8, 3.87 ERA) and Reading right-hander Tyler Cloyd (5-3, 2.88 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers 7:05 p.m. tonight.