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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Grady Sizemore has knee surgery

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore has to heal again.

The Indians' three-time All-Star center fielder had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, his fourth operation in the past two years and one that could impact his future with the club.

Sizemore had the procedure done in Vail, Colo., by Dr. Richard Steadman, the physician who did microfracture surgery on Sizemore's left knee 15 months ago. The latest surgery is much less invasive than the microfracture operation, and the Indians said Sizemore should be recovered in two months and ready for spring training.

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But with whom?

The club holds a $9 million contract option for next season on Sizemore, who was on the disabled list three times this season and played in just 71 games. The Indians must weigh whether to bring Sizemore back at that price or risk allowing him to leave as a free agent.

Before taking the next step, the Indians wanted clarity on Sizemore's latest injury. Now at least they have that.

"We are hopeful that the surgery will alleviate Grady's symptoms in his knee and expedite his recovery," general manager Chris Antonetti said in an email to The Associated Press.

Last week, Antonetti indicated the Indians still feel Sizemore can help them.

"The one thing we know is when Grady is healthy, he's been a very productive major league player," Antonetti said.

The Indians have until three days after the World Series ends to make a decision on Sizemore. There's a chance the club could decline the option and try to work out a new deal with Sizemore, who came to Cleveland in a 2002 trade with Montreal.

Sizemore said Steadman gave him a positive outlook.

"We could not be happier with the results of Monday's arthroscopy," Sizemore said in a statement. "Dr. Steadman told me this minor procedure should allow the bone bruise in my right knee to fully heal."

Once one of the game's most durable players, Sizemore has had two surgeries on his knee, one for a sports hernia and one on his left elbow since 2009.

Last year, Sizemore had microfracture surgery in which small holes are drilled into the kneecap to stimulate growth. The 29-year-old endured months of grueling therapy, but after starting this past season on the DL, he joined the Indians in April.

Sizemore showed signs of being an elite player and was an offensive spark before he got hurt sliding into a base in May. He recovered but underwent the hernia surgery in July. Sizemore came back again in September, but continued to have pain in the knee, prompting the visit to Steadman.

Sizemore finished the season batting .224 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs.