Indians OF Grady Sizemore to miss opening day

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore has a strained lower back and will miss opening day, yet another setback for the former All-Star.

Sizemore injured his back a few weeks ago while working his way back from knee surgery. Trainer Lonnie Soloff says there is no timetable on his return. Sizemore has been shut off from all baseball activities as the Indians wait to see how he responds to treatment.

Before he was hurt, Sizemore was hitting and running without any restrictions.

Despite his past injuries, the Indians signed him as a free agent in November to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with a $5 million base.

Sizemore played in just 71 games last season and went on the disabled list three times.