It was an interesting and certainly surprising development that the Boston Red Sox decided to take a chance on Grady Sizemore after he missed the last two seasons due to injuries. One had to wonder what Sizemore was going to look like when he was in game action. Well, the spring so far is very young, but if Sizemore can play like he has been, he could make an impact on the Boston roster this year.
Sizemore has had three hits in eight at-bats, and has played left and center field. One really good sign regarding his health is how aggressive he has been on the basepaths. He beat out an infield hit and also took second on a wild pitch during the course of the game. It was mentioned that Sizemore has looked “lean” on the basepaths, which for him is an excellent sign that he is healthy so far.
The Red Sox have been very cautious with Sizemore so far, easing him back into game situations and having him take a couple of days off before playing another game. Boston is definitely playing it smart when it comes to taking care of him. There is no need to rush Sizemore back into games and have him suffer some sort of setback. One of the reasons that Sizemore signed with the Red Sox may be the conditioning regime that they were going to provide for him.
He won’t be getting into back-to-back games until later on in the spring. It is still way to early to tell, but if this acquisition works out at all, Sizemore can be a huge weapon for Boston. He was one of the best players in MLB at one point. He just has to make sure that he doesn’t run into many more walls.