CLEVELAND: It’s clear that Grady Sizemore is long past the point of total exasperation.
In the past two years, he has undergone surgery on both knees, his abdomen and his back. Instead of pursuing a career as a major-league baseball player, he has become a professional rehab practitioner with no end in sight.
“I hate talking about it,” he said Monday. “I hate watching the games and not being able to help, not getting a chance to play. It’s beyond frustration.”
Even though the Indians never put a precise time limit on his recovery, Sizemore was expected to be back in the lineup by the All-Star break, if not sooner. But when he began running on flat ground (rather than on a treadmill that keeps the runner from landing with his full weight), he suffered a setback.
There was no running at all for at least two weeks, before Sizemore was even allowed on the treadmill. Now, he is almost at the point where he will try running outside.
“It’s going well,” he said, “I’ll probably do that sometime this week.”
But Sizemore doesn’t know when his body will allow him to join his teammates.
“I’m not physically able to play,” he said. “I’m still working through these progressions.”
Sizemore disciplined himself not to anticipate too much too soon.
“I didn’t have any expectations at the beginning,” he said. “There was no game plan for rehabbing all the parts of my body. Obviously, I would like to be on the field. But I thought at the beginning that I can’t push it, and I still feel that way.”
Sizemore wants to play this year, but he no longer is certain that will happen.
“I’m still hopeful, optimistic that I will play this year,” he said. “But I realize it’s late.”
Sizemore has either been trying to overcome an injury or recovering from one for so long, he isn’t sure how he is supposed to feel. But he has been taking batting practice and throwing for several weeks.
“I wouldn’t know what OK feels like,” Sizemore said. “Running is the most stressful thing now.
“There’s never a day when I’m not sore. Every day there is some kind of pain. But I have to figure out what is good soreness and what’s not [what is a warning sign], and I haven’t been a good judge. It’s hard to know what normal feels like, I’ve had so many issues.”
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