The Cleveland Indians have announced that outfielder Grady Sizemore has undergone a microdisectomy on his injured back and will miss 8-12 weeks.
The operation was performed in Miami, Florida by Dr. Barth Green. A form of spine surgery, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve neural impingement and provide more room for the nerve to heal. It is the same procedure which Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had done, twice.
Sizemore strained his back fielding ground balls during the first week of Indians’ spring training. He was recently signed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal that would pay him a base of $5 million. Michael Brantley will move over to center field with the vacant left field position up for competition.
Sizemore has played in only 104 games over the last two season. In 2011, he hit .224 with 10 home runs and 32 runs batted in.