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“"I can't rule out anything," Acta said Saturday before the Indians played the Orioles. "We don't know when, but it's going to be soon." Sizemore hasn't played in the majors since last May 16, when he injured the knee sliding back to first base in Baltimore. Three days later, he went on the disabled list, and on June 4 he had season-ending surgery that threatened his career. The climb back has been excruciating for Sizemore, who hasn't been able to play a full season since 2008. The months of grueling rehab and recovery are nearly complete, and now that it's nearly finished, Sizemore can't wait for it to finally be over. "It's been tough because it's been so long," Sizemore said. "But we've been patient this whole way and I understand the need not to rush things when we get down to the final couple days. I feel good. That's the most important thing." The Indians' plan was to have Sizemore go through another full workout for the club's training staff before they make their next move with the three-time All-Star. He has been testing his knee in the minor leagues, most recently with Triple-A Columbus. Sizemore hasn't had any setbacks as he has gradually increased his workload. He's running, cutting and sliding -- all without pain. "The knee has been really consistent the last month or so," Sizemore said. "With more games played and back-to-back games and getting more work in the outfield, it seems to be consistent with how it feels the next day or after a game or after a day off. "It's holding steady right now, which is good." Sizemore's return will force the Indians to make a roster move. The most likely candidate is Travis Buck, whose batting .143 and has a minor league option remaining.
Regardless of what type of lineup you have, when you add Grady Sizemore to any lineup, any team in America, you're adding to it. Is that an understatement?” -- Indians manager Manny Acta