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Monday, February 17, 2014

Red Sox' Grady Sizemore says his knees feel great

By on 2/17/2014 07:30:00 PM

During the offseason, the Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year, incentive-laden deal that could reach $6 million in value. Sizemore has not played in the Major Leagues since 2011 because of two knee surgeries and a back surgery. However, he reported to Spring Training last week and starting workouts even though position players are not due until February 18.

By Yunner, via Wikimedia Commons's Ian Browne reports that Sizemore says his knees feel great, and he is ready to make his comeback attempt. Sizemore is expected to compete with Jackie Bradley, Jr. for the starting center field position left vacant with the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury. Sizemore will see substantial time in center field, but he will also play the corner outfield spots in case the Red Sox need him there.

Sizemore has had an injury-plagued career since 2010, but he sat out the last two seasons with knee problems. He had one knee surgery in 2011 and another in 2012. He also had back surgery in early 2012. Manager John Farrell, though, says that his new outfielder will stay healthy enough to be a productive member of his team. Said Farrell,
"Because he's had the two microfractures in the knees, the surgeries, that's probably what the majority of his maintenance work is going into right now. But our medical staff feels confident they'll be able to keep him on the field. He feels great right now.... It's been two years so we've got some levels to go through here."
In five full seasons before injuries hit him hard in 2010, Sizemore was a very productive Cleveland Indian. From 2005-2009, he hit .276/.368/.488 with 125 HR and 385 RBI. He may not provide that type of production now, but in that powerful Red Sox lineup, if he can get on base near his career .357 clip, he will score many runs.

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