Grady Sizemore will have surgery on his left knee next week and is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.
Cleveland’s three-time All-Star from Everett has a deep bone bruise in the knee he injured May 16, and the condition and stability of the cartilage beneath his kneecap will be assessed during the arthroscopic operation by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo.
Steadman pioneered the use of microfracture surgery, which stimulates stem cells to repair and re-grow cartilage. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said that neither microfracture, nor anything else, had been ruled out.
“The specifics of the surgery won’t be available until after the procedure takes place, so there’ll be some intra-operative decision-making process that determines what Dr. Steadman will do during surgery,” Soloff said.
The surgery is planned for some time next week.
“The question isn’t how much cartilage is there, it’s the stability of the cartilage,” Soloff said. “We’ll have a specific update after the surgery.”
Cleveland officials consulted several knee specialists about their star center fielder, who would be a key player on any Indians contender in the near future.
He was certainly expected to perform on this edition of the team, which is 18-30 after Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees and stuck in last place in the AL Central.
“Big blow,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. He’s such an important part of this ballclub … ”
HUFF FEELING GOOD
Even a few hours after he took a line drive off his head, Indians pitcher David Huff was cracking jokes and trying to make people laugh.
A day later, he thought he’d be ready to make his next start.
New York’s Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double off the side of Huff’s head in the third inning of Saturday’s game. The ball bounced into right field and Huff went down and stayed motionless for a while until giving a thumbs up as he was carted off the field.
“Anytime a pitcher gets hit by a line drive, everybody thinks the worst, especially when he’s not moving,” Huff said Sunday. “I just wanted to give a hand wave or some indication that I was all right.”
Huff had more neurological testing done at the ballpark on Sunday, and will continue to be evaluated for post-concussive symptoms, which don’t always manifest immediately.
ZAMBRANO TO START
Carlos Zambrano will return to the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation Wednesday at Pittsburgh, after being banished to the bullpen following a series of bad outings.
Zambrano will replace left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who will move to the bullpen.
Charlie Haeger’s anticipated return this week from the disabled list has been put on hold after the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher sustained another foot injury while rehabbing an episode of plantar fascitis in his right heel. Andre Ethier, however, is set to come off the disabled list today after a rehab stint for his broken pinky finger. ... The Washington Nationals say Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start again for Triple-A Syracuse at Buffalo on Thursday. ... The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.