Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/4/12

It is not news to anyone that Grady Sizemore is injured. The back surgery that has kept him out all Spring Training will now officially keep him off the roster for at least the first two months of the season. The Indians need to create two 40-man roster spots today for relief pitcher Dan Wheeler and utility man Jose Lopez who both made the team as minor league spring training invites.

The first one comes with Sizemore being placed on the 60-day DL.

Players moved to the 60-day are eligible to be taken off of the 40-man roster, which is precisely what the Indians are doing with Grady. This also means that the oft-injured center fielder cannot return to the big league club until June 4th at the earliest, and that is assuming he will be healthy enough and ready to play at that point.

Another move will be announced at some point later today. Unless the Indians make some sort of deal, someone will be designated for assignment.

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