Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore has dealt with various injuries over the past year. After missing the entire 2012 Major League Baseball season with an ACL tear in his left knee, the 28-year-old will have to endure the process all over again.
Sizemore re-tore his ACL in his left knee Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. He suffered the injury in the fourth inning when he ran out to right field for a fly ball. It was immediately obvious something was wrong as Sizemore limped back to the infield to man his position at second base.
“Unbelievable,” manager Bob Melvin told Athletics.com. “It’s just awful. I’ve been with Scotty since I took over here. We actually came up around the same time. He had a great year, played out of position, and he’s one of those guys you really pull for, because he’s such a good guy and cares so much and wants to win. He’s coming off two difficult surgeries in the last several years, and to have a third one is devastating.
“We’re thinking about him, but I can’t imagine what’s going through his mind right now.”
What is so difficult about this situation is that it was not only Sizemore’s second start of the season, but also his second start since September 2011. The second-year player has had such high hopes of finally getting his career on the right track, but it appears that will not be the case until 2014.
Sizemore injured his hand after being beamed by a wild pitch during Spring Training in early March. He was forced to leave the game against the Colorado Rockies, which instantly caused concern that his season could be in jeopardy. The X-rays showed no broken bones so it was just a matter of time until he could grip a bat again. In hindsight, I have to imagine Sizemore would prefer a broken hand opposed to a torn ACL.
There is no set date for when Sizemore will undergo the surgery to repair his ACL. However, I have to imagine it will take place in the next few weeks.