Can Michael Brantley fill Sizemore void?

Updated: May 17, 2011, 1:34 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Look, as optimistic as we might want to be, we really can't be surprised that Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore was placed on the disabled list Monday. Indians fans and fantasy owners alike have been hoping for health and production from him, all the while leery of each, and for a few weeks there, Sizemore was actually delivering. Then he suffered a knee contusion on a hard slide at second base last week and missed a few games. Fantasy owners began to panic, though the Indians said it was no big deal, and voila, he ended up back on the DL anyway.

It's generally dangerous practice for fantasy owners to trust a former star player who has missed so much playing time because of serious injuries in recent seasons, and while there still might be a light at the end of this tunnel, it's going to be tough to trust Sizemore in 2011. Yes, the numbers he was putting up were impressive, though in a small sample size. Sizemore is hitting .282 in 18 games, with six home runs and 16 extra-base hits, and an impressive .974 OPS. Perhaps the more telling number is that he has played in only 18 games, and won't be adding to that number for awhile.