Sizemore will begin rehab stint in Akron
CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore will be back on the field tonight, when he steps into the Double-A Akron lineup at designated hitter.
“If he gets his final clearance, he will DH tomorrow night, then play center field for six innings the next day,’’ Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Acta did not know how long Sizemore’s rehab assignment would last, but the Aeros’ regular season ends Monday. It’s unlikely that Akron will qualify for the Eastern League playoffs, but Triple-A Columbus will make the postseason in the International League, and Sizemore can continue playing games with the Clippers, if necessary.
Sizemore has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a bone bruise in his right knee and a sports hernia that required surgery.
THE PLAN — With Matt LaPorta in the minors for 10 days (that’s the soonest he can be recalled), Acta said that Carlos Santana would get the majority of the at-bats at first base.
“For the most part, Lou Marson will catch and Carlos will be at first,” Acta said. “That doesn’t mean that Carlos won’t do any catching.”
CATCHING A BREAK — For a change, an injured Tribe player didn’t miss multiple games.
Second baseman Jason Donald was back in the lineup after missing one game with a bruised index finger.
KUDOS — Right-hander Paolo Espino has been selected as Indians Minor League Player of the Week by the club for pitching 11 scoreless innings in two starts and allowing three hits while striking out 13 for Columbus.
FARM FACTS — Jared Goedert, Nick Johnson and Beau Mills each had three hits and one RBI in Columbus’ 11-2 win over Louisville. Mitch Talbot (3-2, 4.12 ERA) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings ... .Francisco Jimenez gave up one run and four hits in six innings, but Kinston lost 3-2 to Lynchburg. ... Luigi Rodriguez had four hits and Michael Goodnight gave up one run and three hits in five innings, but Lake County lost 2-1 to South Bend.
— Sheldon Ocker