CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore was officially welcomed back to Ohio in the spring with a rainout in Akron on Monday. The Indians' center fielder's rehab program has been altered as a result.
Sizemore and right-hander Joe Smith, both on the 15-day disabled list, are now scheduled to play for Triple-A Columbus in an exhibition game against Ohio State on Tuesday. They were originally slated to take part in an exhibition between Columbus and Double-A Akron on Monday.
If everything goes well in their respective performances in the 6:35 p.m. ET game against the Buckeyes, Sizemore and Smith will likely begin an official Minor League rehab assignment with Akron on Thursday. The Aeros host Binghamton at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday in Akron.
Sizemore is currently making his way back from the microfracture surgery he had performed on his left knee in June. After 10 months of rehab in Arizona, the center fielder briefly reunited with the Indians on Sunday in Cleveland. The Indians hope Sizemore will be ready to rejoin them before the end of April.
Smith opened this season on the 15-day DL with a strained upper abdominal muscle, which has bothered him since early in Spring Training. The right-hander made five Cactus League appearances before being shut down. The Indians hope to have Smith back in their bullpen within the next couple of weeks.