Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 5/7/12

Continuing to make progress from his preseason back surgery, Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore will being taking batting practice when the team returns from their next road trip.

Sizemore, who sustained a lower back injury fielding ground balls during Spring Training, underwent surgery and was subsequently placed on the 60-day disabled list.  To add to the roster’s depth, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon; there were talks that Damon could opt out after Sizemore’s return. Indians manager Manny Acta, saying that “Grady is Grady,” insinuated that Damon’s signing would not have any bearing on the long-time Cleveland center fielder’s return from injury.

A three-time All-Star, Sizemore has battled injuries since 2009, having played in 106, 33, and 71 games over the course of the last three seasons. Miraculously, Sizemore has still led the team in jersey sales over the course of the same span.

[Related: Tribe Weekend Wrapup: ActaBall Reigns Supreme]

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