CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore was activated from the disabled list this morning and will play center field and lead off this afternoon against the Orioles.
But no outfielder lost his job to make roster room for Sizemore, who has been out almost a year after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. Instead, Mitch Talbot was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.
""We're excited and he's excited,'' manager Manny Acta said of Sizemore. ""He's been our franchise player for the last seven or eight years.''
Acta said there was no question that Sizemore would become the Tribe's leadoff batter when he returned.
""No, not at all,'' the manager said when asked if there had been any discussion of the issue. ""We talked to him about it in spring training. He's leading off, because we have Carlos Santana in the lineup. Last year, with Victor (Martinez) gone, we didn't have much depth. But Grady has been very good in the leadoff spot before.''
Sizemore was dropped to the No. 2 spot in the lineup last season, Acta's first as Cleveland's manager, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit at the top of the lineup.
Talbot delivered eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Angels last Monday, so nobody suspected that he might be hurt.
"He showed up the next day, and like everybody after a start, he was a little sore,'' Acta said. ""But a couple of days later, he was still sore. We took him in for some pictures and they showed an elbow strain.''
Jeanmar Gomez will be summoned from Columbus to start in Talbot's place Tuesday night in Kansas City.