Grady Sizemore pulled with left knee contusion

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Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was lifted from Saturday’s game in the fifth inning with a left knee contusion, reports MLB.com’s Jeff Seidel.  He suffered the injury on a slide into second base at the end of the fourth and was replaced by Trevor Crowe.

Crowe is 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.  He may be asked to play the next several games in center.

Sizemore could probably use some rest, no matter how severe his injury proves to be.  He’s batting a disappointing .211 in 128 at-bats this year with a .271 on-base percentage and zero home runs.  The Indians are 17-20 this season, seven games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.