Grady Sizemore takes BP for Indians

CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore says his first live batting practice in six weeks went well, a positive step in his latest comeback.

Sizemore hit balls for 15 minutes in the outdoor cage at Progressive Field before the Indians hosted Seattle on Wednesday. With manager Manny Acta watching, Sizemore had his first outdoor session since going on the disabled list July 18 with a bruised knee and following sports hernia surgery.

When Sizemore returned from microfracture knee surgery, he was his hustling self before getting hurt again.

Sizemore says it "went great; it's getting there." On Tuesday, Sizemore reported no problems after doing agility drills on the field.

The three-time All-Star, who once played in 382 straight games, believes he will be playing in minor league games within a week. The Indians could use him for the playoff push, but intend to be cautious.

Meanwhile, Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hurt himself taking pregame swings Wednesday and was a late scratch from Cleveland's lineup.

Moments before Wednesday's game with Seattle, the Indians announced that Choo was not playing because of "left trunk soreness." He got hurt taking batting practice in the indoor cages.

The Indians will have more information after the game.

Choo homered twice Tuesday, when he nearly missed the first game of a doubleheader to be with his wife and newborn daughter. He arrived an hour before game time and hit a three-run homer in the ninth as the Indians won the opener.

With Choo out, manager Manny Acta juggled his lineup with Carlos Santana hitting third in Choo's spot and Shelley Duncan batting fourth.

Choo missed seven weeks earlier this season with a broken thumb.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.