Indians OF Sizemore tests knee with sprints

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore ran harder than he has since injuring his right knee while sliding and is close to returning to Cleveland’s lineup.

Sizemore went on the disabled list last week with a bruised kneecap. He ran sprints in the outfield at close to full speed on Tuesday before the Indians hosted Boston. Trainer Lonnie Soloff supervised Sizemore as he went through drills.

Soloff reported Sizemore “looked good.” Manager Manny Acta said Sizemore will run the bases on Wednesday, and as long as he doesn’t have a setback, it’s likely the three-time All-Star will be activated on Thursday, which an off-day for the Indians. They will play at Tampa Bay this weekend.

Sizemore is batting .282 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 18 games.