Scott Sizemore's Chances With Oakland Athletics Takes A Hit (By Pitch)

By Thom Tsang
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Going into Sunday’s Cactus League game just 1-for-10 at the plate with four strikeouts so far, Scott Sizemore‘s hopes of coming back from a torn ACL to earn a regular role with the Oakland Athletics had already been quickly diminishing.

He was down – but not out, though. Sizemore notched hits in his first two at bats against the Colorado Rockies, showing that there might have been some life to that bat yet.

Then, just like that, another injury struck – quite literally, too.

The latest cause of the the infielder’s woes came in the form of a Tyler Chatwood pitch that veered off-course and found its way to Sizemore’s left hand. He’d stayed in the game as a runner to finish the inning, but was taken out of the game as a precaution afterwards.

For a player who suffered a season-ending injury in Spring Training in 2012, this moment could only be described as a minor smiting from the baseball gods. An extended injury now, when health is perhaps the biggest thing that Sizemore needs to really make some headway in trying to make this A’s team, would be devastating.

Fortunately, Sizemore is might have caught a break.

Or the lack of one, rather, as the team has determined that the injury wasn’t serious enough for them to order an X-ray.

At least not right away, anyway. Oakland will wait until the swelling in the 28-year old’s hand subsides, before re-evaluating the severity of the ailment. Considering how the last year-plus of his professional career has gone, the infielder will take any bit of good news he can get.

After being acquired from the Detroit Tigers in 2011, Sizemore had a good .741 OPS, 1.7 fWAR run with the A’s over 93 games. It would have been enough to earn him a job last season, but the ACL injury put an end to that thought.

This year, with the acquisition of Jed Lowrie to the mix, it would have been tough for the A’s former third baseman to find playing time even in a backup role. Aside from Lowrie taking at-bats at just about every position, Sizemore would have to push Jemile Weeks for the second base job, and really hit well enough to force the A’s hand in extending the competition at third base against Josh Donaldson.

Now, Sizemore can only hope that he can stay healthy enough to give himself a chance.

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