Grady Sizemore's batting average continues to hover below .230, but he says his elbow feels relatively strong.
"My elbow feels good,'' the Sizemore said. "It's just one of those things you have to deal with. You have to be careful that it doesn't cause bad habits that you have to overcome.''
Sizemore tries to walk a fine line, saying the elbow is not causing pain, but admitting that the ailment has not gone away.
"Since I've come back, it feels strong,'' Sizemore said.
But when asked if he has good days and bad days, he said, "It's hard to say. It's no worse since I got off the DL. I try not to aggravate it by taking too many swings (in batting practice).''
Sizemore went on the disabled list at the end of May and stayed there until June 23. The problem was caused by inflammation of the lining of the left elbow, an injury that probably arose as long ago as the end of spring training and gradually worsened to the point where Sizemore had to stop playing.
Head trainer Lonnie Soloff has said that to totally rid himself of the inflammation, Sizemore probably will have off-season arthroscopic surgery, which will result in a four- to six-week recovery period.
"That's the plan for now,'' Sizemore said.
FIXED? -- Jensen Lewis made his first appearance Sunday after returning Saturday from Columbus and delivered a scoreless inning against the Tigers, striking out two and issuing one walk.
"I felt a little guilty about putting Jensen in,'' manager Eric Wedge said. "I had him up three times Saturday night in that extra innings game, which is something I hate to do.
"If we didn't have the day off (Monday), I wouldn't have used him. But I thought this would be a good time to get him in there.''
Lewis and Rafael Perez began the season as co-setup men, but both struggled and were sent to Triple-A to get their act together. Perez is still in Columbus.
OTHER STUFF -- The Indians have won three of their last four series... Carl Pavano's 9-8 record is identical to the combined mark he compiled from 2005-2008 with the Yankees... Andy Marte's two-run double on Sunday were his first RBI in the big leagues since Sept. 21, 2008, against Detroit... Sizemore went 2-for-4 on his 27th birthday Sunday. That lifted his ""birthday'' batting average to .333 (8-for-24) with one double, one triple, one home run and five RBI since his rookie year of 2004... Over his past 11 games, Jhonny Peralta is batting .408 with three homers and 16 RBI.
FARM FACTS -- Hector Rondon gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, but Columbus lost to Gwinnett 4-2 in 10 innings. Wes Hodges homered, and Jess Todd, acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade, pitched two scoreleass innings, striking out four.
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