DETROIT: Forget about seeing Grady Sizemore back in the Indians’ lineup in another two weeks or even this month.
Tribe officials never promised that the center fielder would be activated from the disabled list when he was eligible to come off June 3. Nor did they make any but the most indistinct predictions — eight to 12 weeks — about when he could take the field after undergoing surgery in spring training to repair a disc in his back.
Twelve weeks have come and gone and apparently Sizemore is no closer to going out on a rehabilitation assignment — let alone playing in a major-league game — than he was three or four weeks ago.
The club is not calling the slowing of Sizemore’s progress a setback. Nobody has said that Sizemore suffered a new injury or substantially aggravated an old one.
Instead, head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Thursday, “It’s just us taking a patient approach, working off Grady’s feedback, progressing on how he feels.”
And how does Sizemore feel? Not as good as he did two or three weeks ago.
“If Grady is sore, we adjust his program,” Soloff said. “That’s been our approach from the outset. As a reaction to multiple joint involvements, he will get sore from time to time. We’ve learned to adapt to a very conservative approach.”
The injury that seemed to be most problematic involved his left knee and caused him to have microfracture surgery in 2010, but he seemed to endure the operation well, returning to the field shortly after the start of the 2011 season.
Before the issue with his back in the spring, Sizemore underwent surgery last year to repair a sports hernia and his right knee, so he has plenty of body parts that might become sore.
Sizemore had been taking batting practice and running until recently, but some of his activities have been curtailed for the time being.
“We backed off a little on his running about two weeks ago,” Soloff said. “But we’re working to initiate that again.”
Soloff isn’t making any forecasts about what lies immediately ahead for Sizemore.
“We’re still optimistic that Grady will contribute to the team in 2012,” he said. “But it would be unreasonable and unfair to Grady to set a definitive timetable.”
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