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Big loss for Indians as Sizemore heads to DL

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 12:41 pm
 
The Indians were unimpressive this spring, and one big reason is that Grady Sizemore barely played.

The Indians are the surprise team of the early season -- they still own baseball's best record, at 24-13 -- and one big reason is that Sizemore has played like the star he was in 2007-08.

And now Sizemore is on the disabled list once again, with a right knee contusion that just wouldn't heal quickly enough. If there's good news for the Indians, it's that this is the other knee, not the one that Sizemore had microfracture surgery on last year.

It's also worth noting that the Indians are 13-7 in games Sizemore hasn't started this year, basically the same winning percentage as they have in the games he has started (11-6).

Still, if you believe in the Indians as season-long contenders, it's in significant part because of Sizemore's return to star status. He was a three-time All-Star from 2006-08, and the Indians were a threat with him. He was on the DL for much of the last two years, and the Indians lost 97 and 93 games without him.

Yes, they traded away CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez in that time. Yes, Travis Hafner was hurt or seriously underperforming, too.

And yes, other players like Michael Brantley may be emerging as stars.

But if you want to believe in the Indians, you need to believe that Grady Sizemore will keep playing -- and playing at a high level. Instead, now he's hurt -- again.

The Indians called up Travis Buck from Triple-A Columbus to take Sizemore's roster spot. Buck, formerly with the A's, was hitting .333 with 21 RBI in 18 games at Columbus. But he's no Sizemore.

Perhaps Sizemore won't be out long. Last week, the Indians said that an MRI on Sizemore's right knee showed no structural damage. But for a player who has missed so much time, any trip to the DL is troubling, and there's always a worry that he'll miss more time that originally estimated.

Another concern: The Indians are about to enter a particularly challenging part of their schedule. They go to Chicago this week for two games with the improving White Sox, then begin a stretch where they'll play the first-place Reds, the hot Red Sox and then the first-place Rays.
Category: MLB
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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Big loss for Indians as Sizemore heads to DL

Like Michigan and Detroit are so much better places to live, right?!?!?  Get a clue idiot! 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:11 am
 

Big loss for Indians as Sizemore heads to DL

RinTinTim and the other Tiger fans...as I said...your ball club is average...Scherzer pitches good game...and the offense flops...I believe the Tribe lead stands at 4 1/2 games now...and the tiggers are actually 6 games back in the loss column...BTW...the jokes about Cleveland...coming from Detroit people...is laughable.  Isn't Detroit is a suburb of Windsor NOW!?!?!  Hahaha. 

Yea, come see me in 30, 60, or 90 days...better yet...see me in October...yea, see the Tribe playing in October while the tiggers watch the games on the TV.

As for the tiggers being an aging team...while you do have some young kids as you pointed out...you also have a number of 30+  guys, even in the starting lineup...Inge (33), V-Mart (32), Valverde (33), Raburn (30), and Penny (32) are starters and Ordonez (on the DL) is 37, Guillen (on the DL) is 35...both were projected starters at the beginning of the season and are making a combined $23 million this year...

Oh, and trust me...when the Tigers miss the playoffs over the next couple of years...Verlander and Cabrera will be traded...attendance will be down because nobody wants to see a loser and the ownership will not want to pay those big salaries.  It happens to all of us mid-market teams.  Question is...how long will it take the tiggers to rebuild?



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