Grady Sizemore had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow back in September. It was deemed a success and here we are a little under ten weeks later and the team says he’s near 100%. I’m not a doctor, but my first instincts are to say the team is lying. That’s the way I like to lean. A real skeptic. What do you expect from someone with a mustache? Have you ever met an optimistic mustachioed man? Of course not, they’d shave if they were an optimist. Crotchety, curmudgeony and other words found in a thesaurus. Now even if the team is lying, it’s November and Sizemore is already “near 100%.” I have to think that’s a lot better than the team lying that he’s “near 100%” in February. Am I right or am I right-right or am I right-right-right? Another positive thing to note, Sizemore had hernia surgery mid-September and he’s already running and working out in the Tribe’s spring complex. So what can we expect of Grady Sizemore for 2010 fantasy baseball and is he a keeper?
After stealing 30+ bases for two straight years, Grady looked like Kendry Morales on the basepaths, stealing only 13 bases in 21 attempts. There’s a reason for that. He suffered the groin issue/sports hernia or groinia back in spring training of 2009, so naturally he wasn’t running like he used to. Consider this, he still stole 13 bases with a groinia. You wouldn’t even be able to open a jar of pickles. With the problem corrected, he should steal at least 20 bases again. Then consider the elbow problem he was dealing with for most of the season. He still hit 18 homers with that. The average was anemic at .248. But he also dealt with some bad luck, so that should go back up to his career norms, think .270. For 2010, I could see Sizemore giving a 110/27/80/.270/25 line with a chance for more and returning 2nd round value. He is definitely a keeper for 2010 fantasy baseball.