July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Grady Sizemore placed on DL by Tribe

MINNEAPOLIS — Grady Sizemore’s hard-nosed style of play could be coming with a price for the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians placed their center fielder back on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a bruised right knee. It’s his third stint on the DL this season, and sixth of his career. Sizemore was sent back to Cleveland to have tests done on his knee before making any estimates about how much time he will miss this time around.

Sizemore joins a swollen disabled list in Cleveland that includes outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Trevor Crowe and infielder Jason Donald. It’s tough timing for the Indians, who began a critical four-game series against the Twins on Monday with a five-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central Division.

Sizemore is hitting .237 this season with 21 doubles, 10 homers and 29 RBIs in 61 games.

Ezequiel Carrera will get most of the time in center field in Sizemore’s absence, with Austin Kearns and Travis Buck platooning in right field.