CLEVELAND – Grady Sizemore is back atop Cleveland's lineup and in center field for the Indians.
The club activated the three-time All-Star from the disabled list Sunday, completing Sizemore's comeback from microfracture surgery on his left knee last season. Sizemore hasn't played since last May, when he hurt his knee diving back into first base.
The Indians placed starter Mitch Talbot on the DL with a strained right elbow to make room on the roster.
Sizemore hasn't played a full season since 2008. He was limited to 33 games last season and 106 the previous year. When healthy, Sizemore has been one of the most exciting players in baseball with an uncommon combination of speed, power and hustle.
With Sizemore back, Michael Brantley will shift over to left field and drop in the batting order.