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June 3, 2014

Indians Notes: Sizemore back where it all began

CLEVELAND — Grady Sizemore’s comeback story has returned to the opening chapter.

Sizemore, who spent the first eight years of his big league career with the Indians (2004-11), is back at Progressive Field as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

“It’s a little weird, but exciting,” said Sizemore, who missed all of last season, while recovering from back surgery, but has played in 43 games for Boston this year, entering the series opener Monday night batting .232 with two home runs and 14 RBI. “It still feels like home. I started here. It’s kind of still a piece of me. It’s all weird, the whole experience, just coming back.”

That Sizemore is playing on any level is an accomplishment after the multiple injuries and surgeries he endured once establishing himself as one of the top players in the American League with the Indians.

“I’m just happy to be playing,” he said. “I’m trying to put that behind me and just enjoy being on the field and not worrying about those injuries. It’s been a long road. I just appreciate it that much more.

“I got used to having a lot of setbacks over the last couple years. I’m just happy I’ve been able to stay healthy and able to stay on the field.”

“Watching Grady from the other side, it was hard not be a fan of his,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “He was such a force when he first came into the league that it was hard not to respect how he played. It’s quite an accomplishment the fact that he’s even playing again. I think that anybody that ever saw him felt like he was growing into a force. And he seemed to do it in a very respectful way, which makes it easier to pull for guys like that.”

A story in ESPN The Magazine seemed to insinuate that Boston’s medical staff was able to discover something that Cleveland’s wasn’t. But Sizemore would not criticize Indians doctors.

“They went above and beyond for me,” he said. “If anything, they were as frustrated as I was just trying to find a reason behind it and trying to find a solution. They were very helpful. They gave me every opportunity and they went to every length to try to help me.”

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