DETROIT -- Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore is expected to travel to Colorado for a Monday consultation on his injured right knee with Dr. Richard Steadman.
"I think we're going out there just to get another opinion on his knee," Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "What course of action puts Grady in the best possible position to play and perform next year?"
Sizemore has played only 71 games this season after appearing in 33 in 2010. He opened this season on the DL as he recovered from surgery on his left knee in May 2010. He then hurt his right knee and sustained a hernia on the same play while sliding into a base this May.
Sizemore also underwent abdominal surgery July 21.
Soloff said leg injuries like Sizemore's can be tricky since symptoms for different problems can feel similar.
"You may have a little bit of a bone bruise, and walking up and down stairs will really hurt you," Soloff said. "You may have a cartilage defect. Walking up and down stairs will really hurt you."
The Indians have a $9 million option they can pick up to keep Sizemore next season, or they can let him become a free agent. From 2005-2008, Sizemore looked like one of baseball's rising stars, hitting 107 home runs in that span and barely missing a game.
Now, Cleveland may have a tough decision to make. Sizemore came back from a disabled list stint early this month, hoping to help the Indians catch Detroit in the American League Central. Sizemore is 5 for 36 since then and hasn't played since Thursday.
Steadman is the same doctor who worked on Sizemore's left knee.
"We're going out there just with Grady's best interests in mind, short-term and long-term," Soloff said. "I think we're open to (Steadman's) assessment and his recommendation. ... I think that his expertise is what you seek."