CLEVELAND: What the Indians originally labeled as a deep bruise to Grady Sizemore's left knee might be more serious.
That would explain why he is seeing doctors in New York and Colorado for second opinions, with the manner of treatment still up in the air.
Because of the uncertainty, nobody is able to say how long Sizemore will be on the disabled list. He has been out of action since May 16, when he slid back into first base in a game against the Orioles in Baltimore.
""We'll know more later this week when he is done visiting doctors,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""Any time you have an injury that involves one of your players, you're worried about it. So we'll see.''
Acta was vague about what course doctors might take to resolve Sizemore's injury, because further examinations remain to be done.
""There are different ways to attack it,'' the manager said. ""He doesn't necessarily need surgery. And there are different kinds of surgeries. Maybe it would be microsurgery or some other kind.''
Tribe officials have not revealed the doctors who will examine Sizemore. But the doctor who developed the microsurgery process in the '80s and '90s, Richard Steadman, has a clinic in Vail, Colo., and has frequently had athletes among his patients.
The rained out game of May 7 against the Tigers will be replayed as part of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader July 17. The postponed game will be made up at 1:05 p.m., before a regularly scheduled night game at 7 p.m.
Fans who hold tickets for May 7 can use them for the makeup game or exchange them for any other game on the schedule. But if they choose any game other than the makeup contest, they must exchange the tickets before July 17.
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