CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore remains on pace to return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible, but that does not mean that the Indians' center fielder is completely over his right knee injury.
"There's definitely something lingering," Sizemore said on Saturday. "I'm not at 100 percent. We're still working through it. I'm still not even doing full activity yet."
Sizemore, who injured his knee during a slide into second base on May 10, has been able to play catch and take part in batting practice. If everything goes according to plan, the center fielder should be able to rejoin Cleveland for the May 27-29 road series against Tampa Bay.
"That's the plan," Sizemore said. "Obviously, we're still going on how the knee feels. Right now, we're just going day to day with it. We're working off of that last day as an ending point. That's kind of how the rehab is geared."
The current knee issue is not related to the left knee injury that resulted in season-ending microfracture surgery in June last year. That said, Sizemore said this injury does include similar discomfort to what he experienced early last season.
"It's a similar injury in the same area," Sizemore said. "So there's a lot of similarities."
In 18 games after initially coming off the DL on April 17, Sizemore hit .282 with six home runs, 10 doubles, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. The Indians can only hope that their star outfielder can return to that type of form when he is cleared for rejoining the lineup.
Indians manager Manny Acta said he has been encouraged by what he has seen from Sizemore in batting practice.
"He's swinging the bat very well in BP," Acta said. "He's doing most of the activities that were bothering him the last week or so, bending over and putting some weight on that knee, going side to side. We're anticipating him being ready pretty soon."
Indians place White on DL, recall Judy
CLEVELAND -- Even before knowing the specifics of Alex White's hand injury, the Indians felt the best course of action was to place the rookie starter on the disabled list. The young pitcher was officially shelved on Saturday.
Cleveland placed White on the 15-day DL and promoted reliever Josh Judy from Triple-A to assist the bullpen for a few days. White was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his injured right middle finger on Saturday afternoon.
Neither White nor the Tribe needed the test results to know a trip to the DL was necessary.
"I think it's pretty obvious I'm not going to be able to throw a baseball effectively for a few days," White said. "Even after that, it's going to be a process of getting back. I think it's a good decision. Obviously, they've got to do what's best for the team."
White, 22, hurt his finger while snapping off an 86-mph slider to Cincinnati's Ryan Hanigan two pitches into the third inning during Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds. The 22-year-old right-hander remained in the game but stayed away from any more breaking pitches before being pulled after the third.
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The pain was based in the middle of the middle finger on White's throwing hand. The finger was still swollen on Saturday morning, when the Indians opted to place White on the DL. The move comes after the 2009 first-round Draft pick went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three outings for the Tribe.
"It was pretty clear," said manager Manny Acta, referring to the need to put White on the DL. "If you have to take somebody out in the third inning, chances of him being ready to pitch in four days are not very good."
With White sidelined, the Indians are expected to activate starter Mitch Talbot from the 15-day DL in time for a start on Wednesday against the Red Sox. Talbot, who is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts this season, has been out with a right elbow issue since April 17.
"That's the follow-up move," Acta said. "[Talbot] was going to be in the rotation anyways. That's next. Right now, we're expecting it to be the last game in the Red Sox series."
Herrmann happy to contribute, hopes to stay
CLEVELAND -- During his previous two promotions from Triple-A Columbus to the big leagues, Frank Herrmann gave the Indians some insurance. What he did not give the team was a single inning out of the bullpen.
So on Friday night, even after a whirlwind trip from Columbus to Cleveland, Herrmann was thrilled to be thrown into the action in the Tribe's 5-4 win over the Reds. After starter Alex White was pulled after three innings with a right middle finger injury, Herrmann logged two innings.
"I wasn't here for BP or anything," Herrmann said on Saturday. "I kind of got out of the car, got in the hot tub really quick, went out and in the third inning I'm warming up. I had nothing to lose. I was playing with house money at that point.
"It felt good to get back out there. It felt good to get back out there here. I was playing catch in Columbus and then I got to contribute to a team win here, which is a great feeling after not pitching up here for over a month."
Herrmann opened the season with the Indians but was optioned back to Triple-A on April 13, when Joe Smith was ready to come back from the 15-day disabled list. Herrmann returned on April 28 and May 10 to give the bullpen an extra arm, but he did not pitch and was optioned down within the next two days each time.
Overall with the Indians this season, Herrmann has posted a 7.11 ERA in five appearances. He had a 5.91 ERA in nine games for Columbus, though he had not pitched in a week due to rainouts and uncertainty at the Major League level. Last year, he had a 4.03 ERA in 40 games for Cleveland.
"I feel like I showed them something last year," Herrmann said. "And then again in Spring Training. This year, I've only had four innings until yesterday. You're always looking for an opportunity. That's all you can ask for as a pitcher is that opportunity. What you do with it is inevitably up to you."
Judy enjoying first Major League experience
CLEVELAND -- Josh Judy hardly cares if his stint in the Major Leagues with the Indians only lasts a handful of days. The reliever finally reached The Show, and he could not be more thrilled.
"I'm still smiling," Judy said on Saturday. "I'm grinning ear to ear. I have no words to express how I feel right now."
Judy was promoted from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday after the Indians placed injured starter Alex White (right middle finger) on the 15-day disabled list. The move gives Cleveland an extra bullpen arm until starter Mitch Talbot is activated from the DL for a start on Wednesday.
"He's been throwing the ball well down there," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Of course, we saw him in Spring Training. We needed a guy, basically. We're not going to stand here and say that he brought himself up over here. The injury caused us to make the move.
"But it's nice to have an extra arm here up until we have to make the next move."
Judy noted that his parents, grandparents and a handful of friends were going to be in attendance for Saturday's game against the Reds.
Judy, 25, began the season on the DL with an arm issue but then went 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA and six saves in 16 relief appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Over 17 1/3 innings, the right-hander had compiled 20 strikeouts against nine walks. Judy was selected in the 34th round of the '07 Draft by Cleveland.
"So far, staying healthy is the main thing," Judy said. "I was able to stay healthy so far. Hopefully, I can continue that. I've felt like I've been throwing the ball pretty well. I've been able to locate a little bit better this year than I have in the past."
Quote to note
"I don't know. I haven't been pressed into it yet. The rest of the bullpen is into it. We'll see. I might hold out. I might make [Chris Perez] come out of pocket, throw me a bribe and something to get on Twitter." -- Indians pitcher Frank Herrmann, asked if he'd join the handful of Tribe relievers on Twitter
Indians rookie Vinnie Pestano faced three batters and created two outs in the eighth inning on Friday night. When the Tribe pulled out a 5-4 victory in comeback fashion, the young reliever also netted the first win of his Major League career.
Entering Saturday, the Indians were 16-4 at home with each of their past six wins coming in their last at-bat. That includes four walk-off victories and two wins claimed with a rally in the eighth inning. On Friday night, rookie outfielder Ezequiel Carrera broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI bunt single in the eighth.
On Friday night, the Indians trailed 4-0 as late as the sixth inning before pulling out a 5-4 win over the Reds. The four-run deficit was the largest overcome in a victory for the Indians this season. It marked the biggest comeback victory since the Tribe overcame a five-run gap on June 10, 2010.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carrera is the first player since Toronto's Tomas Perez (May 3, 1995) to drive in the go-ahead run with a base hit in the eighth inning or later during his first career plate appearance.