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Posts Tagged ‘Grady Sizemore.’

Indians finalize Opening Day roster; DL Sizemore, Huff, purchase contracts of Lopez, Wheeler

 

Grady Sizemore (photo by Ron Vesely via Getty Images, courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians used Wednesday to shore up their Opening Day roster before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

The Tribe have placed injured center fielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. Also going to the DL for s shorter stay is left-hander David Huff, who has a strained right hamstring.

The Indians designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment.

Cleveland purchased the contracts of infielder Jose Lopez and reliever Dan Wheeler from Triple-A Columbus.

Sizemore, who re-signed with the team as a free agent during the winter for a reduced contract, underwent back surgery in March due to a spring training drill of fielding ground balls, will not be eligible to come off the DL until June 3.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV

Baseball is Back! Reds, Indians tie 6-6; Rolen gets 2 hits for Cincinnati

 

Scott Rolen

Drew Stubbs

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen’s shoulder was no problem as he went 2 for 2 in his return from shoulder surgery which caused him to miss the final two months of last season in the team’s 6-6, nine-inning tie Saturday afternoon in the exhibition opener.

A seven-time All-Star, the 36-year-old Rolen did not play after July 20, 2011 and had arthroscopic surgery August 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments from a joint in his left shoulder.

Cleveland built a 4-0 lead in the first three innings against Reds starter Mike Leake and Ron Mahay. However, the Reds tied the game with four runs in the fourth off Frank Herrman.

The Reds started the inning against Herrman with a double. Jay Bruce knocked in an RBI infield single, Drew Stubbs banged out a two-run double and Devin Mesoraco tied it with a single.

Neftali Soto homered in the fifth inning against Robinson Tejada for a 5-4 Reds lead.

Todd Frazier, who can play all infield positions and LF & RF, cracked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth off Chen Lee.

David Huff

Michael Brantley

The Indians had a couple of stars in left-handed pitcher David Huff and centerfielder Michael Brantley.

Huff, who started the game and in a competition with four candidates for the fifth spot in the Cleveland starting rotation, allowed three hits in two scoreless innings.

Brantley, who was going to start in left until Grady Sizemore got hurt earlier in the week, doubled and singled for a 2-for-3 day.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians news

Photos are courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Indians decide against 2012 option for Sizemore

 

Grady Sizemore (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

For several years, there was no doubt that All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore was the face of the Cleveland Indians franchise. He was very popular with the fans for his hustling, exciting brand of baseball. The female fanbase like him for his good looks and always wore shirts with “Mrs. Sizemore” on them

But for 2012, he may not be in Cleveland.

The Tribe declined Sizemore’s $9 million contract option earlier this week. The knock against Grady is that he is too injury-prone and can’t play more than 70-100 games a year. He will become a free agent.

The move was not surprising and was expected because the Indians wanted to pick up starting pitcher Fausto Carmona’s $7 million option for 2012.

However, Sizemore could still play in Cleveland next season. The Indians have until 12:01 a.m. Thursday to exclusively negotiate with Sizemore, who can start contract talks with other MLB teams. Sizemore and his agent says they’ll still negotiate a contract to remain in Cleveland.

The 29-year-old centerfielder played in only 71 games last season, hitting .224 with 10 homers and 32 RBI’s. 2011 was his seventh full season with Cleveland, who received him in a trade from Montreal in the 2002 blockbuster trade that included Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens for then-ace pitcher Bartolo Colon.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

Indians CF Sizemore keeps faith after knee surgery; will Tribe keep him?

Grady Sizemore of Indians on Sept 9 2008 (photo by C lee via wikipedia commons)

Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians is using this offseason to heal again.

The three-time All-Star outfielder recently had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. It is his fourth operation in the last two years. This recent operation could factor if the Indians keep him or cut him from their future plans.

The Indians told the media that the popular Sizemore, who has been the face of the franchise for several years, will recover in two months and be ready for spring training.

The Indians big decision is that the club holds a $9 million contract option for 2012 on Sizemore. The speedy centerfielder was on the diasbled list three times in 2011 and played in 71 games, hitting .224 with 10 homers and 32 RBI’s. Cleveland must decide if he is worth the money or can they find another player of equal value that will play 120-162 games a season.

Indians general manager Chris Antonelli says that Sizemore can still help the team.

Cleveland has until three days after the World Series ends to make a decision on Sizemore, who came to the team in a 2002 trade with Montreal along with Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens in exchange for Bartolo Colon.

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, MLB, Radio & TV news

Indians GM says team payroll to increase for 2012

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Eventhough the young Cleveland Indians fell short of the playoffs and a division title, their general manager Chris Antonelli says the payroll will increase for 2012, even before it goes outside to sign free agents or make trades.

The Indians had a 2011 payroll of around $49 million. That total was a decrease from the $61 million in 2010 and 81 million in 2009.

The Indians drew more than $1.8 million fans in 2011, an increase of almost $450,000 from the 2010 season.

The team has to decide whether to pick up the options on center fielder Grady Sizemore ($9 million) and pitcher Fausto Carmona ($7 million).

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cleveland Indians news

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