Grady Sizemore’s return is more uncertain than ever.
The Cleveland Indians won’t have the injured center fielder back until at least September, and there are no guarantees he’ll be in their lineup again this season.
Manager Manny Acta said the 2000 graduate of Cascade High School in Everett, sidelined since July 18 with a bruised right knee and after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia, will definitely not be back this month.
The Indians originally said the three-time All-Star would be out up to six weeks, placing his return around Sept. 1. Acta would not give a possible date for the 28-year-old’s return. “We never anticipated him coming back by the end of this month,” Acta said.
One fan will get a chance to take swings off Giants ace Tim Lincecum next spring.
The former Liberty High and University of Washington star is challenging fans to a competition in which they are asked to duplicate his unorthodox delivery on video for an opportunity to hit – or strike out, for that matter – against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner at spring training.
Padres third baseman Chase Headley will miss four to six weeks with a broken left pinkie. … Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ran the bases for the first time in his recovery from July 14 knee surgery and could return next week. … Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 who had Tommy John surgery last year, will make his second rehab start Friday for Single-A Potomac with a limit of 50 pitches. … Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of a strained right hand and wrist. … Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. is hosting 16 teenage boys and girls from Japan who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March. … The Reds placed right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. … The Twins placed right-hander Scott Baker on the DL because of a strained elbow.