Sheldon Ocker

GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: Grady Sizemore will continue to be patient as he recovers from his latest injury, a strained lower back.

“I was in a good spot when this happened,” he said. “Things were going well with the [right] knee. So this is frustrating, but I’ve dealt with it before. Eventually it will heal, and I’ll be healthy.”

Sizemore suffered his latest injury while he was taking ground balls. He tried to play through it for a few days, but the back condition worsened. Now it is unlikely he will be ready when the season opens.

“Before the back thing, I was shooting for that goal [play Opening Day],” he said. “I think that was realistic. But with this, things are definitely going to be pushed back a couple of weeks.”

Old days are new

Kenny Lofton isn’t the only former Indian making an appearance as a spring training instructor. Carlos Baerga probably will be on hand for today’s workout.

Lofton will spend a week in camp before returning to his home in Los Angeles, but he will return for a second week later in spring training.

His production company is set to edit the new Charlie Sheen TV series, Anger Management, which has yet to begin taping.

Mending fences

Relations between the Tribe and Albert Belle have at times been frosty since he left as a free agent to play for the Chicago White Sox in 1997, and even after he was forced into retirement because of a hip condition before the 2001 season.

Belle lives less than 20 miles from Goodyear in an eastern suburb of Phoenix but never has visited his old team’s spring training headquarters. That might change this year, as the Indians are believed to be making an effort to bring him back.

Tracking is back

Today, pitchers begin throwing live batting practice, which is no fun for the hitters, who have lots more fun drilling rockets off the coaching staff.

So for the first two days of live PP [really, pitching practice], the batters won’t swing.

“We’ll do tracking the first day and probably the second day, too,” Acta said.

Tracking is the process of watching a pitch cross the plate without swinging.

“None of these guys wants to hit against live pitching anyway,” Acta said.

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