GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians are not expecting to have Grady Sizemore back in the lineup for at least a couple of months, but the center fielder will be with the team when it heads home to Cleveland next week.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti noted on Thursday that Sizemore has shifted his rehab to Cleveland, where he will continue to work closely with Jim Mehalik, the team's physical therapy consultant.
"Jim's been integral in his care and his rehab throughout," Antonetti said. "We wanted to have the continuity in care and a continuity in the rehab. When Jim transitioned to Cleveland, it made sense to have Grady go there as well."
Sizemore, who underwent micro discectomy surgery on his lower back on March 1, has not progressed to baseball activities yet. Antonetti indicated, however, that the center fielder was on pace with the team's expectations for his rehab.
"He's on track at this point," Antonetti said. "I think we'll get a better sense of the time frame [for rejoining the Indians] once he begins to initiate baseball activities."