CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore and his back were back in the Indians lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Rangers. Sizemore missed Sunday's game in Detroit and Monday's home opener because of tightness in the middle of his back. He continued to rehab the injury during Tuesday's off-day and was pronounced fit to perform Wednesday. He returned to center field and the No. 2 spot of manager Manny Acta's order. "I've had that problem before," Sizemore said of the back tightness. "But this was the first time the pain was severe enough to keep me out of a game."
The Indians will likely have to continue to monitor the back to make sure it doesn't act up again. But Sizemore said he doesn't anticipate this problem being anywhere near as serious as the elbow and abdominal issues that caused him to miss two months of the 2009 season and have two surgeries. "I don't want to go through what I went through last year," he said. "At least this was pretty clear-cut what it was, right from the beginning. We knew it was the back muscle. But [missing two games in the first week] is not the start you want to get off to." Sizemore, a three-time All-Star, is batting .273 with no homers and five RBIs in five games.