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06/28/08 7:49 PM ET
Sizemore not afraid to take risks
Latest highlight-reel grab example of all-out playing style
By Andrew Gribble / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Eric Wedge still hasn't watched a replay of Grady Sizemore's acrobatic catch from Friday. Maybe it's for the best. Wedge said Saturday that the catch reminded him of a play Ken Griffey Jr. made a while back with the Mariners because Sizemore seemed to have "both spikes on the wall at the same time." He caught himself and laughed when he remembered the catch Griffey made in 1996 resulted in a broken hand.
With both sluggers Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner on the disabled list for at least another month, you would think the Tribe manager cringes any time Sizemore risks an injury to make an out.
"I don't," Wedge said. "That's the way he plays. He's not the type of guy that paces himself. He has one gear, and that's all out. That's the way he plays and he's used to it."
Sizemore's catch, which starter C.C. Sabathia said "saved the game," came in the first when Adam Dunn launched a fastball deep to left-center field. Leaping against the wall -- "like a spider monkey" as first-base coach Luis Rivera described it -- Sizemore let the ball carom off the heel of his glove, trapping it with his body before grabbing it with his free hand for the loud out.
Sizemore said he wasn't surprised he made the catch and scoffed at the notion that he should be more careful with his body than the other healthy Indians.
"I don't think about it that way," said Sizemore, who leads the team in most hitting categories and ranks second in the American League with 18 home runs. "I think everyone in this locker room takes it upon themselves to step up when it's needed.
"Obviously we're down a few guys ... but everyone in here is going to try to step up and make the play."
Andrew Gribble is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.