The Indians were off on Thursday, but that didn't stop outfielder Grady Sizemore from having another surgery. In his fourth surgery in the last three years, Sizemore underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia.
According to the Indians, the recovery time from such surgery is four-to-six weeks. Conveniently, Sizemore was already on the disabled list because of a right knee contusion.
If the projection for Sizemore's recovery time is correct, he will return to the lineup sometime late in August or early September. Unfortunately for Sizemore, his two recent injuries extend an already prolonged period of missed time for the former All-Star outfielder.
Sizemore hasn't had more than 450 at bats in a season since 2008. Since 2009, he's had two knee surgeries and two abdominal surgeries. One of the knee surgeries was micro-fracture surgery.
Sizemore has been on the disabled list three times during the 2011 season. He has played in only 61 of the Indians' 97 games, and he's probably going to miss at least the next 30 games.
What all his recent injuries means for Sizemore's future with the Indians remains to be seen. His contract expires after this season, but the Indians have an $8.5 million club option for 2012.
The Indians almost certainly will pick up that option because Sizemore is still a very productive player when healthy, and his trade value, given all his recent injuries, is extremely low.
The Indians seemingly have little choice but to pick up Sizemore's option and hope that 2012 will be the year they had hoped 2011 would be, the year Sizemore stayed healthy and was once again one of the top players in the American League.
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