Grady Sizemore “shooting for mid-April to late April” return

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Grady Sizemore continued his comeback from microfracture knee surgery by going 0-for-4 while playing in a minor-league exhibition game against Ohio State yesterday.

Sizemore, who has been sidelined since last May, is scheduled to take today off before heading to Double-A for the Eastern League season opener Thursday.

Sizemore told Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s “shooting for mid-April to late April” as a return timetable, but considering he hasn’t been cleared to participate in back-to-back games yet early May seems like a more realistic goal.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.