KANSAS CITY, Mo.: The way Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff explained it, Grady Sizemore's bruised right knee is well on its way to healing, but he is still several days away from returning to center field.
Consequently, Sizemore was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retoractive to last Wednesday. That means is eligible to be activated May 26, and Soloff is hopeful that Sizemore will be back in the lineup that day.
""We're optimistic about that,'' he said this afternoon.
""Grady has progressed the last five days, but not enough for us or for him to feel comfortable about his ability to play the outifield,'' Soloff said. ""We feel the most prudent course of action at this point is to place him on the 15-day DL to give him the time he needs to heal.''
Soloff emphasized that there has been no change in the diagnosis -- contusion of the knee -- and that the club does not feel the injury will turn into a long-term ordeal for Sizemore.
""The good news is that this is extremely mild,'' the trainer said.
To take Sizemore's place on the roster, Travis Buck was called up from Columbus, where he was batting .333 with four doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI. He also had a .432 on-base percentage and a .583 slugging average.
Manager Manny Acta said that Buck would play left field against most right-handed pitchers. He also can spell Michael Brantley in center of Shin-Soo Choo in right.