Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/8/12
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Grady Sizemore isn't about to give up on his latest rehab with the Cleveland Indians. The three-time All-Star outfielder, on the disabled list for the seventh time in the last four years, jogged around Progressive Field before Cleveland played the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. He said he hopes to return in June and hasn't thought about calling it a career. "I'm not at that point yet," said Sizemore, who had lower back surgery March 1. "I still feel pretty young and I'm relatively early in my career. I love this game. I've had tough luck with injuries. All you can do with that is try to get healthy." Sizemore got hurt early in spring training while rehabbing from right knee surgery in October. The 29-year-old missed only nine games from 2005 to 2008, but has since had hernia surgery and operations on both knees and his left elbow. He played in only 33 games in 2010 and 71 a year ago. Sizemore wore a protective sleeve on his left calf as he jogged. The herniated disc in his back had caused weakness in his left leg. "There wasn't any pain in the back, but my left leg lost strength," Sizemore said. "The calf still gets a little tight, so I keep it warm. "I feel good, but now it is about getting my entire body feeling good. I see myself getting out there and playing next month. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel like I'm at the tail end of this rehab." When healthy, Sizemore was one of the most productive players in the AL. From 2005 through 2008, he averaged 22 homers, 29 stolen bases and 116 runs. He also won two Gold Gloves playing center field with reckless abandon, which led to the wear and tear on his body. "I can't imagine playing any different," Sizemore said. "Everything is progressing well but one reason we are taking it slow is because I may have rushed things a year ago and that caused setbacks. When I return, I'll have to play it smart." Last fall, the Indians declined to pick up a 9 million option on Sizemore, then re-signed him in November for one year at 5 million. "I don't want to be with any other organization," Sizemore said, adding that he enjoys watching the first-Indians, but would prefer to be in the lineup helping them. "It definitely pushes you to want to get back," he said. "I want to be part of it." Manager Manny Acta said he is cheered by Sizemore's progress, cautioning that he won't write his name on a lineup card until trainers are confident the outfielder is fully recovered. "It's encouraging that we are playing good baseball without him, allowing him to just rehab and get healthy," Acta said. "Hopefully he can come in and give us a lift."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Report: 49ers could talk trade for QB at the NFL Scouting Combine

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker