GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There is news on the horizon in regards to injured center fielder Grady Sizemore. Indians manager Manny Acta was unwilling to say whether the coming announcement was of the good or bad variety.
"We'll have an update for you guys tomorrow," Acta said on Wednesday.
It was revealed on Friday that Sizemore suffered a lower back injury roughly three weeks ago while fielding ground balls during outfield drills at Cleveland's complex. It is believed that the sidelined center fielder left the facility to see a specialist.
Sizemore, 29, missed most of last season due to a sports hernia procedure and injuries to both knees. He was working through the latter stages of a right knee rehab process at the time of his latest setback. The Indians have already ruled Sizemore out for Opening Day, and his timeline to baseball activities remains unknown.
Last year, Sizemore hit .224 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in only 71 games for Cleveland. Over the past three years, a variety of health woes have limited him to an average of 70 games per season. Prior to that stretch, Sizemore was the picture of consistency at the plate and durability on the field, playing at least 157 games in four straight seasons.
With Sizemore out of the mix for Opening Day, the Indians are holding a competition this spring to fill the lone vacancy in the outfield. Shin-Soo Choo will man right field and it seems likely that Michael Brantley will shift from left field to center, which he also did at the start of last year while Sizemore rehabbed a left knee problem.