Sizemore shut down, Gosling promoted, Crowe activated
As hinted on Twitter earlier this afternoon, Grady Sizemore has been shut down to have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his inflamed left elbow.
Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff will meet with reporters in a few minutes to discuss the impending surgery.
Michael Brantley is taking over Sizemore’s duties in center field and the leadoff spot tonight and, I’d imagine, for the better part of the remaining schedule.
Also today, left-hander Mike Gosling’s contract has been purchased from Triple-A Columbus. This is his second stint with the club. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in seven appearances between June 19 to Aug. 1. While with the Clippers since being designated for assignment on Aug. 1, he was 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA in five games, including four starts.
UPDATE: Not only is Sizemore having the elbow surgery (which will take place next week at the Cleveland Clinic), he’ll also have a procedure performed the following week to stabilize his left abdominal wall.
Essentially, the groin pull that Sizemore suffered in Spring Training, forcing him out of the World Baseball Classic, never fully healed, and this procedure will address it. Sizemore visited specialist Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia while the team was in Baltimore last week, and Meyers recommended either rest or surgery. The Indians will go the surgical route, and Sizemore will rehab from the two procedures concurrently.
Neither procedure is considered serious, and the plan is for Sizemore to initiate his regular offseason conditioning program in early November.
Also, OF Trevor Crowe (oblique strain) was activated off the DL, so he’s another option in center field.