The Cleveland Indians announced today that outfielder Grady Sizemore is unlikely to be ready for opening day after suffering a lower back strain.
According to the Indians Twitter feed, Sizemore has been shut down from all baseball activities.
The team’s trainer, Lonnie Soloff, told assembled members of the media at the Indians training facility in Goodyear, Arizona that Sizemore injured his back two weeks ago.
Today’s news is just the latest set-back for the three-time All-star when it comes to his physical health.
Sizemore has spent his entire major league career with the Indians and began suffering a series of injuries in 2009 that have drastically reduced his productivity.
Sizemore played just 71 games for Cleveland in 2011 before an injury to his left knee ended his season.
In the off-season the team decided to not exercise an $8.5 million club option for the 2012 season and paid a $500,000 contract buy-out.
The team later re-signed Sizemore to a $5 million dollar one-year deal that, with performance based incentives, could have totaled $9 million.
Sizemore has batted .269 for the Indians in his eight year career.