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Carrera demoted, clearing room for Sizemore

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The Indians made a roster move on Thursday, optioning outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to Class AAA Columbus.

The Indians will make a corresponding move this weekend, in all likelihood activating outfielder Grady Sizemore from the disabled list, where he has spent the last two weeks because of a right knee contusion.

Manager Manny Acta said Wednesday he expected Sizemore to be activated this weekend. The demotion of Carrera on Thursday would seem to suggest that Sizemore will be activated Friday, although on Wednesday Acta reminded everyone that "the weekend lasts from Friday to Sunday."

The return of Sizemore comes at a good time for the Indians, who lost the last two games of their series with Boston. They also will be facing quality pitchers in their next two games in Tampa Bay, David Price on Friday and James Shields on Saturday.

Sizemore hasn't played in a game since May 10. The Indians had a record of 7-6 while he was on the disabled list.

Although Michael Brantley did a good job of replacing Sizemore in the leadoff spot and in center field, the return of Sizemore obviously makes the Indians a better team.

Sizemore started the season on the disabled list, as he finished his rehab from season-ending micro-fracture surgery on his left knee last year.

He was activated on April 17, and played well while in the lineup. Although he has played in only 18 of the Indians' 46 games, Sizemore is tied for the team lead in doubles with 10, and is tied for third in home runs with six. He batted .282 with 11 RBI in those 18 games.

Sizemore will go back into his leadoff spot in the order, while Brantley will be moved down to seventh, which is where he hit before Sizemore got hurt.

Brantley will move from center field to left field, bumping Austin Kearns to the bench. Kearns had gotten increased playing time in left field when Brantley had to move to center to replace Sizemore.

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