Grady Sizemore has made enough progress in his recovery from back surgery that he participated in running and agility drills yesterday at Progressive Field, telling reporters afterward that he’s aiming to come off the disabled list “some time in June.”
Because he’s on the 60-day disabled list Sizemore isn’t even eligible to return until June 3 and obviously his extensive history of surgeries and setbacks makes any recovery timetable very optimistic.
Sizemore underwent surgery on March 1 and still hasn’t been cleared to take batting practice, with the center fielder admitting: “I still have a long ways to go. I have a lot of work to do, but I feel like I’m at the tail end of this rehab.”
At this point the Indians should probably view any potential contribution from Sizemore as a bonus even though they re-signed him to a one-year, $5 million deal in the hopes he’d finally be healthy after playing just 104 games during the past two seasons.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.