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More knee problems send Grady Sizemore back to DL

Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 17: Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians (L) leaves the game with manager Manny Acta #11 (R) after being injuried during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 17, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Grady Sizemore, who spent part of May on the disabled list with a right knee contusion, re-injured the same knee yesterday and has been placed back on the DL.

The good news is that it was Sizemore’s left knee that caused him to miss most of last season and the beginning of this year following microfracture surgery, and the Indians are calling his current right knee injury merely a bruise. However, he left the team and traveled back to Cleveland to undergo further tests.

Sizemore has played pretty well in between the injuries, posting a .769 OPS that ranks 10th among all MLB center fielders with at least 50 games, but his .237 batting average and ugly 75/17 K/BB ratio are worrisome and at some point all the knee problems may put in question his ability to remain in center field defensively.

Michael Brantley filled in for Sizemore last time and will do so again now, sliding from left field to center field, but with right fielder Shin-Soo Choo also on the DL with a broken thumb the Indians may be forced to make regulars out of Ezequiel Carrera and Travis Buck or Austin Kearns.