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08:27 AM ET 04.17 | Grady Sizemore is going to be back in the Indians' lineup -- soon. Perhaps even Sunday, when they finish a brief three-game homestand against Baltimore. "We don't know when, but it will be soon," said manager Manny Acta Saturday. Sizemore played for Class AAA Columbus on Thursday.

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April 17, 2011  09:46 AM ET

I'm very curious to see where he fits in the lineup. He strikes out too much and his on base % is not good enough to be 1 or 2. I love how he plays though and look forward to seeing him out there again. He can only help a surprisingly already decent lineup. Go Tribe!

April 17, 2011  12:09 PM ET

I'm just guessing here but I'll bet he never thought he'd be coming back this team being tied for the 2nd best record in baseball.....just a guess

April 17, 2011  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm very curious to see where he fits in the lineup. He strikes out too much and his on base % is not good enough to be 1 or 2.

I'm not really sure where you're coming from.

It seems that you're looking at his OBP from his last two, injury plagued years, which, if that's all we're going to see from him, they might as well trade him for whatever they can get.

However, if you're talking about pre-2009, you're just wrong. While his 162-game average of 144 Ks is a fairly high number, he also averaged 82 BBs, which put his OBP at a very respectable .370 - easily good enough to hit first or second. Ideally, because of his power, I'd think he'd hit second.

April 17, 2011  01:05 PM ET

I think Grady is leading off today...

April 17, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm not really sure where you're coming from.It seems that you're looking at his OBP from his last two, injury plagued years, which, if that's all we're going to see from him, they might as well trade him for whatever they can get. However, if you're talking about pre-2009, you're just wrong. While his 162-game average of 144 Ks is a fairly high number, he also averaged 82 BBs, which put his OBP at a very respectable .370 - easily good enough to hit first or second. Ideally, because of his power, I'd think he'd hit second.

I don't see Sizemore as a lead-off hitter. I guess we will agree to disagree. If he hits .275 to .280 I'll be happy with that. But for as much as he K's, he better hit 25 HR's and have 80-100 RBI's. I can maybe deal with #2 but where do you put A. Cabrera? Who maybe is the Indians MVP of the very early season. Since Grady has bulked up, he has lifted himself out of the lead-off spot. In my opinion of course.

April 17, 2011  08:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't see Sizemore as a lead-off hitter. I guess we will agree to disagree. If he hits .275 to .280 I'll be happy with that. But for as much as he K's, he better hit 25 HR's and have 80-100 RBI's. I can maybe deal with #2 but where do you put A. Cabrera? Who maybe is the Indians MVP of the very early season. Since Grady has bulked up, he has lifted himself out of the lead-off spot. In my opinion of course.

I didn't say he was a leadoff hitter. I disagreed with your suggestion that he couldn't be a leadoff hitter because of his on base percentage. When healthy, his OBP was .370 which is more than enough to be a leadoff hitter.

What this really hinges on is if Sizemore is his old self, or his injured self. If he's his old self, he's capable of hitting in any spot in the lineup, if not, he's barely a major leaguer.

April 18, 2011  02:56 AM ET

Good start, hopefully he stays healthy, GO TRIBE!

 
April 18, 2011  12:06 PM ET

Looked like the old Grady to me!

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