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.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.