Grady Sizemore's knees are not the problem, after all. At least they are not THE problem.
Turns out that the center fielder had a sports hernia and underwent surgery to repair it today in Philadelphia. The 20-minute procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers, and recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.
Tribe head trainer Lonnie Soloff said that the club has known about the sports hernia for some time and decided that because Sizemore would miss at least two weeks with a right knee contusion, this would be a good time to correct the abdominal issue.
""We are cautiously optimistic that he'll be back before the end of the season,'' Soloff said.
Sizemore started the season almost three weeks late after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010. On May 11, he sustained a contusion on his right knee and missed two weeks.
He reinjured the same knee last week in Baltimore and was placed on the 15-day disabled list again. It was revealed today that he suffered the hernia injury during the same slide into second on which he banged up the right knee.