Will Yoder
Thursday April 5th, 2012

Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore will be sidelined until the first week of June at the earliest, according to the team's official website. 

Sizemore underwent back surgery in March and was initially supposed to be ready three months after the surgery took place. Sizemore was officially placed on the 60-day disabled list yesterday.

"That continues to be our hope," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "At this point, that's the best-case scenario."

"He feels good," Antonetti said. "It's good to see Grady with a smile on his face, and I think he knows he's heading in the right direction. Hopefully, when the 60-day period is over, he's ready to come back and contribute and help the team win. He's still working on stability and mobility with his lower back. He has not yet initiated baseball activities, but in a couple weeks, he'll start to do that. And then, obviously, there's a progression he's going to need to go through at that point."

Sizemore hit .224 with 10 home runs, 21 doubles and 32 RBIs in 71 games for the Indians last season. From 2009-2011, Sizemore has played in just 210 out of 486 games for the Indians after a series of injuries resulted in major stints on the disabled list for three consecutive seasons. From 2005-2008, however, Sizemore missed just five games and was considered by many to be one of the most talented young players in baseball.

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