DETROIT: A few weeks ago, there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel for Grady Sizemore, who is recovering from back surgery.
Sizemore was eligible to come off the disabled list on June 3, and it appeared that he might be ready to go on a rehab assignment soon after that date but no more.
The original prognossis for Sizemore's recovery was eight to 12 weeks and that span of time has passed. Instead, team officials are saying that his progress has been slowed, but they refuse to call it a setback.
Head trainer Lonnie Soloff said today, “”It’s just us taking a patient approach, working off Grady’s feedback, progressing on how he feels.’’
And how does Sizemore feel? Not as good as he did two or three weeks ago.
“”As a reaction to multiple joint involvements, he will get sore from time to time,'' Soloff said. ""We’ve learned to adapt to a very conservative approach.’’
Sizemore had been taking batting practice and running until recently, but some of his activities have been curtailed for the time being. Still, Soloff said he was optimistic about Grady returning to the field this season.
“”We backed off a little on his running about two weeks ago,’’ Soloff said. “”But we’re working to initiate that again.’’