CHICAGO -- Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff gave the last of many injury updates in the 2010 regular season before Friday's series opener against the White Sox. Here's the rundown: Center fielder Grady Sizemore has had two post-operational checkups with Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., since the June 4 microfracture surgery on his right knee. Soloff said Steadman is pleased with Sizemore's progress, and Sizemore has been cleared to begin strength training in his lower half, the first pressure he will place on the knee since the surgery. If all goes to plan, Sizemore will begin baseball activities in early January, with an eye on being ready for Opening Day 2011.
Catcher Carlos Santana has had three post-operational checkups with Dr. Rick Parker in Cleveland since surgery was performed Aug. 6 to repair a strained LCL in his left knee, and Soloff said all is well in Santana's recovery. Santana is still rehabbing in Cleveland and will transfer to the Goodyear, Ariz., complex at the end of October. Soloff could not confirm Santana's statement earlier this week that he'll be ready to begin running in November. Right-hander Anthony Reyes, 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, had his rehab assignment at Double-A Akron shut down in August but has reported to Goodyear to begin pitching in instructional league games early next week. Soloff said it is reasonable to expect Reyes to be back up to speed by Spring Training. Oft-injured former prospect Adam Miller has spent the entire 2010 season rehabbing from the fourth surgery to repair the pulley system on his right middle finger. Miller is also in the instructional league, though Soloff wasn't sure if he was cleared to pitch in games yet.