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09/16/09 12:54 PM ET
Sizemore's second surgery goes well
Center fielder scheduled to rehab in Cleveland, then Arizona
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Grady Sizemore went 2-for-2 in the surgery stat line.
Sizemore underwent successful surgery on Wednesday morning to reinforce an unstable abdominal wall on his lower left side. The condition, known as an athletic pubalgia, was corrected by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff accompanied Sizemore on the trip to Philly and reported that all went well during the 20-minute procedure, which required a small incision in the region.
So that's two successful surgeries in the span of a week for Sizemore, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Sept. 9.
Thus ends a season of pain for Sizemore, who is scheduled to begin rehabbing from both surgeries immediately and be able to initiate his normal offseason conditioning program on time in early November. Through the remainder of the '09 season, he'll rehab in Cleveland, then he'll transition to the Tribe's Goodyear, Ariz., complex, which is not far from his Scottsdale home.
Sizemore suffered both the elbow and groin injuries during Spring Training. The groin problem prevented him from participating with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and it limited him on the basepaths this season. His stolen base total dropped from 38 in his 30-30 season of '08 to 13 this season. He was caught stealing eight times after getting caught five times last year.
The Indians officially placed Sizemore, who batted .248 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs, on the disabled list on Monday.
The Indians also announced Wednesday that right-handed prospect Jason Knapp had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday in New York.