Sizemore's return getting closer

Sizemore's return getting closer

Sizemore's return getting closer
ANAHEIM -- Grady Sizemore is close to rejoining the Indians, ending a grueling rehab process after microfracture surgery on his left knee, but the club is still not ready to say when exactly the center fielder will be back.

"Believe me," Acta said on Wednesday, "we'll announce it with enough time so we can get Grady's ladies at the ballpark. That's a big boost."

Kidding aside, Sizemore appeared in back-to-back Minor League games with Double-A Akron on Monday and Tuesday, completing one of the final tests in his rehab program. Sizemore is now slated to join Triple-A Columbus to continue his rehab on Thursday.

The Indians' offense has performed well out of the gates this season, helping the club run to an 8-3 record through Tuesday. Acta was hardly worried that activating Sizemore from the 15-day disabled list would hinder the progress made to this point by the team's lineup.

"Grady adds so much," Acta said. "Everybody feels the energy when he's around. He's the face of this franchise still. He brings a lot to the table, not only his defense, but his offense. He brings some power with him. He can only make us better."

When Sizemore returns, he will take over in center field, forcing Michael Brantley to move to left field. Acta has not revealed whether Sizemore will also assume Brantley's current role as the team's leadoff hitter.

Asked if he'd inform Grady's ladies of Sizemore's lineup position before alerting the media, Acta laughed.

"I don't think they care where he hits," Acta said, "as long as he's in uniform at the ballpark."