Report: Grady Sizemore’s Rehab Hits Setback

In what is becoming something of a recurring theme lately for the Cleveland Indians, physically fit-challenged OF Grady Sizemore, who is currently rehabbing his injured knees and back, has hit a setback in his bid to return to the Tribe.

Jordan Bastian tweeted the news from trainer Lonnie Soloff:

Acta & Soloff (trainer) note that Sizemore (back/knees) has slowed down in his rehab. Backed off some running activities last couple weeks.

According to Bastian, Soloff did add that he was still confident Sizemore would contribute in 2012, but he declined to set any kind of definitive time table.

It would have been foolish for the Indians to count on much production from Sizemore, who just hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the last several years. But evidently they did just that when they decided to give Sizemore a contract to return to the team. Now both sides must continue to preach patience while keeping fingers crossed that some version of a productive Sizemore can eventually get back on the diamond.

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  • JeBron_Lames

    Sounds about right…


  • I think they should have paid me 5 Million to play center field for them this year. I hit a couple home runs on my softball team last year. That or set the money on fire would have been a better use. I have absolutely no FRIGGIN’ clue why a team would give Sizemore this money than BALK at giving Willingham a third year. Willingham (a RH power bat) made 10 times more sense on this team!!!!!!!!! (endless face palms!!!)

  • Hypno_Toad

    Nothing to see here.

  • Steve

     The choice wasn’t one or the other. The Indians still made offers to OF-ers after they signed Sizemore, and for more money than Willingham got (the Beltran offer). They valued Sizemore as a below average CF and paid him accordingly. They didn’t value Willingham as a long term OF, and offered accordingly.

  • Garry_Owen

    Having had to rehab more than one inury, I’m not so sure that (1) “slowing down” and “backing off” of some activities and (2) “hitting a setback” are the same thing.

    Of course, I didn’t read Bastian’s report directly (and don’t doubt that a setback might have happened – it does fit the script); but this headline and article combination is somewhat misleading. 

  • The reason I don’t feel it’s misleading is because of the implication in Bastian’s 2nd tweet that the timetable has been pushed back for Grady. In my opinion, that is a setback.

  • Natedawg86

    Would be nice to know how hard he has been going, and when he expects to start prepping at a minor league level

  • 5KMD

    If and when he ever does get healthy again, Grady really owes the tribe a true “hometown discount”.

    He should play next year for minimum wage. Probably pay for his own meals as well.

  • Mark

    Having been through similar procedures as Grady (ACL surgery and then subsequent discectomy…sound familiar?), I’ve been saying for some time now that he’s done. I’ve had so many ups and downs with both the knee and back because they effect each other. I have periods where both are great and times when one or the other are problematic. I think it’s really foolish for the Indans and the fans to count on anything from him. Forget about Grady Sizemore. There is no Grady Sizemore.

  • I agree. It’s a moot point because it’s not like any other team will take a gamble on him next year anyway, unless it’s for minimum money.

  • Garry_Owen

    I guess that’s fair.  It’s not necessarily the conclusion I draw, but I can see your point. 

  • Garry_Owen

    A Few Good Men’d.  Nicely done. 

  • Garry_Owen

    Maybe the 2nd tweet could have been quoted/linked in the article? 

    Ah, who cares.  No big deal.  Don’t mean to make a molehill out of an anthill. 

  • No worries. And for the record, if you want to read the 2nd tweet, it’s here: 

  • Garry_Owen

    Thanks.  I’m a twitter non-user/agnostic (I still don’t know what “hashtag” means). 

    Was there a timetable before, though?  I thought that they were always assuming/hoping “sometime in 2012.”  So, in my interpretation, they’ve just slowed down the rehab, maybe just to stay on pace with – or to even help -the “sometime in 2012” goal.  Not necessarily a “setback.”   

  • Yeah, I mean you could be right. It’s open to interpretation. I just took the fact that Lonnie felt the need to mention the timetable to mean that it was being somewhat pushed back. 

  • aaron

    Take that extra $5 mil we gave Grady and add it to whatever we offered Beltran and I’m sure he gets over any reservations about coming to Cleveland he has. I understand why they didn’t want to give a 33 or 34yr old Willingham 3 years

  • Goose

    Not sure how to break it to you, but he’s toast. He is never going to be a productive player again. Time to cut the ties and let him retire.

  • Steve

     Beltran refused to come here at last year’s trade deadline, I think it would have taken a lot more than $5 million more. And again, Sizemore didn’t prevent them from offering a comparative deal for Beltran. I think fans in this town have no idea how hard it is to draw free agents here, for all three teams.

  • Steve

    Sizemore gave us an incredible 4 year stretch from 2005-2008 where he was paid just under $5 million. He was worth more than his contract in 2009 as well. He doesn’t owe anyone anything.

  • From what I remember, the original timetable was to be major-league ready by the beginning of July. 

  • Hermie13

    Amen Steve

  • Hermie13

    Agree completely. Tribe saved money on that Grady deal even with the injuries.