CHICAGO: Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff reported on the list of injured players and indicated that all appear to be on schedule.
""Grady Sizemore (microfracture knee surgery) is approximately two weeks away from starting ground based activities for his lower half (lunges, squats for example). At the end of January, he will start hitting and throwing.''
Sizemore has undergone two rechecks of his surgically repaired knee and has received favorable reports. ""Dr. (Richard) Steadman was very pleased with where he is in the process,'' Soloff said.
Carlos Santana (knee surgery) has been working out in Cleveland and said on Wednesday he would be permitted to start running in November.
""Carlos will remain in Cleveland until the end of October, then he will transition to Goodyear (Ariz.),'' Soloff said. ""He has had three rechecks. The repairs to his knee are intact. He's doing well.''
Adam Miller, who has had four operations on his right middle finger, is in the Tribe's instructional league program at Goodyear. Soloff said that Miller is throwing simulated games but wasn't certain if he had appeared in any instructional league games.
Promising Columbus outfielder Nick Weglarz underwent surgery to repair his thumb and is expected to play winter ball in Venezuela.