Grady Sizemore looks ready to pick up the slack while Russell
Branyan is sidelined with a back injury.
Sizemore hit a grand slam in a nine-run fourth inning and the
Cleveland Indians beat a San Diego Padres split-squad 10-5 on
Wednesday to remain unbeaten this spring.
Sizemore is coming back from left elbow and abdominal surgery in
September. His drive off Jackson Quezeda clanged off the metal roof
over the right-field stands and made it 8-1.
“Grady showed us in winter workouts that he was fine and we
have no worries about him,” manager Manny Acta said. “But
Branyan’s not ready yet. He’s still in the process of finishing his
Branyan signed a $2 million deal last month. He missed the final
two months of last season with Seattle due to a herniated disk in
“We knew this coming in,” Acta said. “He gets a little
soreness and there’s no timetable for him.”
Matt LaPorta, acquired by Cleveland in the July 2008 trade that
sent CC Sabathia to Milwaukee, went 0 for 1 in his first spring
appearance. LaPorta had surgery on his left hip and big toe in
“I feel like a kid getting ready for a Little League game,”
LaPorta said before the game. “I had a tough time sleeping last
night, I was so excited.”
LaPorta started at first base but is due to play some left
field. He said he feels good but recovering from the toe injury
slowed his rehab work overall.
“The toe does a lot, controls your walking, balance, running,”
he said. “My hip rehab took about a month and a half longer
because of it, but I’m fine now.”
Wade LeBlanc yielded one run over three innings, but Cleveland
(5-0) put 10 men on base before making an out against Aaron Poreda
and Quezada in the fourth.
Poreda was acquired from the Chicago White Sox last July in the
Jake Peavy trade. He walked three.
“Everybody has a bad day and you’ve just got to forget about
it,” said Poreda, who faced seven batters and all of them scored.
“I didn’t have commmand. My slider was backing up over the plate
and getting hit.”
David Huff, trying to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation, gave
up one run and three hits over three innings. The left-hander led
the Indians with 11 wins as a rookie in 2009.
NOTES: 1B Oscar Salazar had a two-run double and rookie C
Michael Collins a solo homer for the Padres. … Indians rookie
1B-OF Jordan Brown had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in
Cleveland. He is expected to be sidelined for four to eight weeks.
… Cleveland signed 32 players to one-year contracts. The Indians’
entire 40-man roster is under contract. … Indians SS Asdrubal
Cabrera broke his belt sliding into second base for a stolen base.
First base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., gave him his.