Grady Sizemore won’t be back in the Indians’ lineup this month, but the oft-injured center fielder has been cleared to resume baseball activities following sports hernia surgery on July 21 and is optimistic about returning at some point in September.
In addition to the surgery Sizemore is also recovering from ongoing knee problems, but has advanced to playing catch, hitting off a tee, and running on an “anti-gravity treadmill” that simulates different body weights and “reduces stress on a runner’s legs,” according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Sizemore sat out 56 games in 2009 and 129 games in 2010, and has already missed 57 games this season, so by the time he returns in September he’ll have played in just 200 of the past 460 or so games. With the Indians holding an $8.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2012 the impact of his comeback goes beyond the September push for a division title.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.