Sizemore's return to Tribe still on hold

Sizemore's return to Tribe still on hold

Sizemore's return to Tribe still on hold
DETROIT -- Grady Sizemore has been eligible to be activated from the disabled list for a few days now, but there is still no indication of when the sidelined center fielder might be ready to rejoin the Indians.

Cleveland has actually had Sizemore back off some of his rehab activities of late.

"The process has been slowed down a little bit," Indians manager Manny Acta said on Thursday. "But we've never had any timetable for Grady."

Sizemore, who was eligible for activation from the 60-day DL this past Sunday, discontinued some of his running activities over the past couple weeks, according to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff. The center fielder -- making his way back from lower back and knee issues -- is still doing some hitting and throwing drills.

Soloff said slowing Sizemore's rehab program was not necessarily a crushing blow to the comeback process.

"It's more just a patient approach," Soloff said. "We're working off his daily feedback and we're progressing based on how he feels. If he's a little sore on any given day, we'll adjust his program accordingly. That was the thought process at the outset."

Soloff was also hesitant to call this a "setback" for Sizemore, who has undergone multiple surgeries (back, both knees, two sports hernias and left elbow) for over the past few seasons with the Indians.

"I'm not sure how you qualify a setback for a guy like that," Soloff said. "We're still optimistic that he's going to contribute in 2012. It's unreasonable and unfair to Grady and the process to set a definitive timetable."