On May 16, 2010 Grady Sizemore was forced to leave a game against the Orioles with a bruised left knee. What followed was microfracture surgery and nearly a year or rehab. Nearly 11 months to the day, against those same Baltimore Orioles, a healthy Grady Sizemore stood in the batters box at Progressive Field in his familiar leadoff position.
His first plate appearance was uneventful as he grounded out to second base. His second at-bat came with the Indians up 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning and Grady thrilled the crowd by blasting his first homer of the season off Baltimore righty Brad Bergesen. He added a double in the bottom of the fifth and ended his day going 2-4 with an RBI. The Indians received a strong performance by Fausto Carmona and went on to win the game 4-2 to improve to 11-4 on the season.
Grady Returns to the Indians May 17, 2011:
Grady Leaves Game Against Baltimore May 16, 2010:
The Initial Injury Report: (MLB.COM):
BALTIMORE -- Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore is considered day-to-day after he left Sunday's victory over the Orioles in the fifth inning due to a left knee contusion.
Sizemore hurt the knee when diving back into first base following his RBI single in the third inning. He singled to center and dove back to the bag when the throw home got cut off near the mound.
But that's when Sizemore hurt the knee. For now, manager Manny Acta will wait to see how Sizemore is tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Fla., before deciding what to do next.
"I landed on it funny," Sizemore said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully it will be in a better spot than I was ... today."
Acta said the knee looked better after the game, so they're hopeful it will improve even more by tomorrow.
"He hit it really hard when he slid back to first base on that RBI single," Acta said. "We'll see how it is when he shows up at the park tomorrow."
Sizemore had already gone 1-for-2 with a spectacular diving catch in the first inning that saved at least one run, but Trevor Crowe pinch-hit for him in the fifth.
"I felt kind kind of funny getting up [after diving back in]," Sizemore said. "I tried to run to second base ... couldn't put any weight on it, couldn't run at all."