I know that many of you will find this hard to believe, but the Indians just announced that Grady Sizemore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday.  I just can’t believe that someone as durable as Sizemore had surgery, particularly on his knee!

Okay, that joke has obviously gotten very old.  You know what else has gotten pretty old?  Grady Sizemore having knee surgery every third month!  Soon there will not be a part of Sizemore that has not been operated on.  I keep thinking of the Six Million Dollar Man (“We can rebuild him, we have the technology”) but I guess with Sizemore it’s more like the Eight Point Five Million Dollar Man.  Because I have a constant need to quote the show Family Guy, I keep thinking of this knock-off of the Six Million Dollar Man with Peter Griffin.  Since the Indians like to do things on the cheap, this is what their version of a rebuilt Sizemore would probably look like.

In all seriousness, this now marks the fifth surgery for Sizemore in just three years.  For those of you keeping score at home, Sizemore had the complex microfracture procedure on his left knee; this arthroscopic surgery was on his right knee.  His other three surgeries – left elbow, and two on his left groin.

So when I talked about Sizemore a few weeks ago, I was kind of leaning toward “oh, just pick up his stupid option and give him a chance to come back from all of this.”  There were several good comments that sort of swayed me in the other direction; that picking up the option probably wasn’t the best idea.  Now that he’s had yet another surgery, I’m ready to cut ties.  I know they’re saying he’ll be ready for spring training, and maybe it’s logical to think that this could solve some of the problems that he was having.  I feel like we’ve heard that before…even if the right knee is fixed, something else will end up breaking down.  He’s like our beat-up old car – you fix the transmission and the radiator goes.  You fix the radiator, then you realize you need new brakes.  Next thing you know, the air conditioner stops working and none of the windows will open.  It goes on and on until you give up and decide it’s not worth the time and hassle anymore.

And yes, I did just compare Grady Sizemore to a 12-year-old Dodge Stratus.  That’s what it’s come to.



  • Jerry says:

    Agree. Some folks simply cannot take the wear and tear of baseball…..

  • TJ says:

    That comparison with Family Guy is just another cut Sizemore has suffered. Poor guy as he is such a terrific athlete.

  • Jay says:

    Usually, I find it difficult to believe that injuries suffered while playing a sport are somehow the fault of the athlete. In college, I was an equipment manager and was able to observe the players daily. I can remember guys who took all the conditioning drills seriously yet seemed to always be suffering unfortunate injuries and I can remember other guys who found ways to do as little conditioning as possible yet never suffered any “real” injuries.

    I am not saying Sizemore should stay. I just refuse to use most of the injuries he has suffered as some sort of judgment against him. To me, he never appeared to be the kind of guy you could accuse of being lazy.

    Also, in regards to Cleveland’s outfield this past season, it seems to me that injured players were the norm, not the exception.

  • Jay says:

    *During college,

    *yet always seemed to be

    It’s late.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    Oh, I definitely don’t think it’s Sizemore’s fault…I think he seems like a hard worker and is a great athlete. I think some people just end up prone to injury, whether it’s genetics or just simply bad luck. I’ve heard that the Indians don’t plan to sign him beyond 2012, and I feel like he still may not be 100% by next season. In fact, maybe that’s what has been part of the problem. He kept trying to play through some injuries and ended up sustaining other injuries (I know I’ve seen that happen – you favor your other leg because of an injury, etc.). I still can’t believe he was back for the last few weeks of the season…that knee had to bother him.

  • SeattleStu says:

    i’m thinking grady knows he’s not getting 9 mill next year, from us or anyone else….so that option is out the window…question is what can we pay him that will get him to stay…i think he’s worth a flyer at a much lower number, and i’m thinking we’re likely to pay a tad more given his history, clubhouse presence, etc than someone who doesnt know him at all and doesnt know if he’ll ever be the same again….so i think it all may work out fine in the end.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    Stu – I think that’s my problem…I just don’t think he’s worth the full 9 million. On a reduced contract, I’d love to see him in Cleveland a while longer.

  • Jay says:

    Stephanie, I did not think you were saying it was his fault. I just want to make that clear.

    I was merely commenting on the fragile fate of athlete’s. Sometimes they put in as much conditioning and work as they can only to be mowed down by an unfortunate injury.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    I think Mark Prior is one of the sadder injury tales out there. I always wonder what could have been when it comes to his career.