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Frustrated Grady Sizemore still hopes to play | Baseball Notebook
In the past two years, Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore of Everett has had surgery on both knees, his abdomen and his back.
CLEVELAND — Grady Sizemore is long past the point of total exasperation.
In the past two years, the Cleveland outfielder has had surgery on both knees, his abdomen and his back. Instead of pursuing a career as a major-league baseball player, he has become a professional rehab practitioner with no end in sight.
"I hate talking about it," said the former multisport star at Cascade High School of Everett. "I hate watching the games and not being able to help, not getting a chance to play. It's beyond frustration."
Sizemore, who turns 30 on Aug. 2, was expected to be back in the lineup by the All-Star break. But when he began running on flat ground (rather than on a treadmill that keeps the runner from landing with his full weight), he suffered a setback.
It was another two weeks before Sizemore was even allowed back on the treadmill. Now, he is almost ready to try running outside.
"I'll probably do that sometime this week," he said.
As recently as 2008, Sizemore was one of the premier players in the game. He had 33 home runs, 90 runs batted in and 38 stolen bases that season. Now, he doesn't know if or when his body will allow him back on the field.
"I'm not physically able to play," he said. "There's never a day when I'm not sore. Every day there is some kind of pain. ... It's hard to know what normal feels like, I've had so many issues."
No deal yet for Dempster
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Dempster was still in a Chicago Cubs uniform Monday night despite reports that the team had agreed to a trade that would send him to Atlanta.
The pitcher declined to comment, and Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said, "There is nothing to report."
Dempster has the right to refuse a trade.
He is 5-4 with a major league-best 2.11 earned-run average in 15 starts, making him one of the most attractive pitchers on the market before the July 31 deadline for making trades without waivers.
• Rangers RHP Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that will require surgery.
• All-Star SS Ian Desmond of the Nationals was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
• Detroit traded RHP Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers to Miami for 2B Omar Infante and RHP Anibal Sanchez.
• Ex-Mariners RHP Joel Pineiro, who made two starts for Baltimore's AAA Norfolk team this season, will have surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday.