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Key step for Sizemore

By Sheldon Published: March 12, 2011

GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: Grady Sizemore will begin the final test of his surgically repaired knee on Sunday, when he runs the bases.

""If everything keeps progressing, he will play in games some time between the 20th and 30th,'' said manager Manny Acta, purposely trying to be vague. More than likely, if Sizemore suffers no setbacks, it will be much closer to the 20th than the 30th.

Even when Sizemore begins to play center field or be the designated hitter in exhibition games, you won't see him playing nine innings.

""We will try to control it as much as we can,'' Acta said. ""He might play over on the minor-league side at times.''

It would be a huge upset if Sizemore started the season on time, but when he does get in the lineup, there's a good chance that he'll be given his old leadoff spot back.


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