David Ortiz about Grady Sizemore: 'He looks all sexy and good looking'

Feb 27, 5:12 PM

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Grady Sizemore played big-league baseball (sort of) on Thursday for the first time in two years, and it was kind of a big deal. You can read about Sizemore's three innings of action against Northeastern University in the post below this one. 

More importantly, you can read what David Ortiz had to say about Sizemore, who finally made his triumphant return to the field: 

That's exactly what we wanted you to tell us, Mr. Ortiz. We were all thinking it, anyway. 

And that's why Ortiz remains one of the best quotes in baseball. 

Mar 5, 10:15 AM

Red Sox OF Sizemore on return: 'It's as good as I could have hoped for'

Mar 5, 10:15 AM

Grady Sizemore is headed in the right direction with the Boston Red Sox in Florida.

In an 8-0 loss to the Rays at JetBlue Park on Tuesday, the center fielder played five innings in the field, and went 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate.

His two-year absence from the game hardly seems evident, and he hasn't reported any setbacks to Red Sox staff. 

“I’€™m happy with how things are feeling from a body standpoint,” he said via WEEI.com. “Just not noticing anything out there. Not having any pain. Not coming in feeling worse the next day. So it’€™s as good as I could have hoped for.”

Sizemore is on a regimen that includes an hour to 1 1/2 hours with medical staff each day, in addition to his regular workouts.

“It’€™s weird. I don’€™t feel bad but at times I feel like my body is not catching up with my brain,” Sizemore said. “I want to go faster, but it’€™s not quite there. Or I want to move in this direction, but your legs won’€™t let you. It probably doesn’t look it from the outside, but I can tell things are still a little off."

Manager John Farrell is impressed with Sizemore's timing in the box, considering his time away from the majors. The skip anticipates Sizemore will play again Friday.

Feb 27, 4:23 PM

Boston's Sizemore returned to action on Thursday

Feb 27, 4:23 PM

Grady Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats Thursday for the Boston Red Sox in a 5-2 victory over Northeastern.

Sizemore joined the Red Sox in January after being sidelined by multiple injuries with the Cleveland Indians. Once one of baseball's most dynamic players, the three-time All-Star had not played since Sept. 22, 2011. Since 2009, he has undergone seven operations, the last coming in 2012 for a herniated disc in his lower back.

Northeastern sophomore James Mulry, from West Roxbury, Mass., and a graduate of Boston Latin School, struck out stars Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. He then got ahead of Mike Napoli, 1-2, before allowing a single. After walking Jonny Gomes, Mulry got Xander Bogaerts to ground out, ending the inning.

The Red Sox host Boston College in the nightcap.

Feb 23, 11:57 AM

Red Sox manager on Grady Sizemore: 'Everything has been very encouraging'

Feb 23, 11:57 AM

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Red Sox manager John Farrell is among those most enthused by what he's seen thus far from outfielder Grady Sizemore, who's attempting to revive his big-league career after a two-year absence from the game, reports Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

“Two days ago, he had a phenomenal day — running the bases at full speed, his defensive work was at full speed, he’s handling live pitching well,” Farrell said of the outfielder. “Everything has been very encouraging. We’re going to have to temper our enthusiasm or really how much we push him just to gradually get him back into game shape.”

Once considered among the game's elite center fielders, Sizemore was plagued by a rash of injuries that forced him out the big leagues after the 2011 campaign. However, the 31-year-old is resolved to re-establish himself in the majors, and could even compete with prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for regular playing time in center field this season.

"The big thing was just making sure the health was there," said Red Sox scout Steve Peck. "I’ve done this long enough to know when a guy’s going through his rehab process and just be able to see athletically where he’s at and what he’s able to do on the field. Over that process, we had a really strong feel of the condition he was in. He looked fantastic.”

Feb 9, 6:00 PM

Sizemore not sure if he'll be ready for first spring training game

Feb 9, 6:00 PM

Newly signed Boston Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore, a five-tool former All-Star who has had his career derailed by a myriad of injuries, isn't focusing on filling the gaping hole left in center field by the departing Jacoby Ellsbury. Instead, the 31-year-old is concentrating on starting spring training on the right foot.

“I’m happy to be healthy," Sizemore told The Boston Globe. "I’m good to go. There’ll be some things that I’ll be working on this spring trying to get back to 100 percent. I’m in good shape but not necessarily baseball shape, but I’m moving around good. I look forward to getting out there.”

Although the two-time Gold Glover is relishing his chance to return to the Majors, he still isn't sure if he'll be ready to suit up for Boston's first Grapefruit League game.

“Don’t know if I’ll be ready by the first spring training game, which I think is Feb. 28, but it’ll be close. I’ll be right there. I still need some evaluating to do of myself once I get on the field and start the baseball workouts.”

Sizemore hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011, and will likely be competing with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the chance to patrol the outfield at Fenway Park. 

Jan 23, 10:53 AM

Sizemore signing doesn't take Bradley Jr. out of Red Sox outfield competition

Jan 23, 10:53 AM

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Three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore inked a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, and he's ready to work his way back to a major league starting job in the outfield. 

Jacoby Ellsbury moving across the division to New York leaves a sizable gap in the Red Sox outfield, but the vacancy doesn't mean Sizemore is about to be handed the job.

"We added Grady because one, he's available; and two, it provides some competition," manager John Farrell said, via MLB.com

"And yet we have to see once we get to Spring Training, Grady's tolerance physically. We don't have a projected number of games that we look at that he might be available for. We have to gradually build that up, build his endurance up. That's how Spring Training will be spent with him."

The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in MLB action since 201, and hasn't played in more than 100 games since 2009. He'll be climbing uphill in spring training alongside top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr., as confirmed by Farrell.

"It doesn't take Jackie out of the mix at all," Farrell said. "There's questions that we have to answer in Spring Training with our roster. So the fact of Grady signing and being added to our roster doesn't remove Jackie from [consideration]."

Farrell has a history with Sizemore, who was drafted in 2000 by the Montreal Expos, but spent his entire major league career with the Indians. Farrell was the director of Cleveland's farm system from 2001-06.

Aside from the solid 'game plan' Sizemore felt the Red Sox provided for 2014, his relationships with Farrell played into the deal, too.

"I got a feel for him and I was around him quite a bit," the outfielder said. "I just kind of came up in that system along his guidelines, and it was one of those things where I had a familiarity with the manager, and he had seen me play and he knew what I was about. He knew kind of what to expect coming in for me. It made it a lot easier for my decision."

Jan 22, 8:48 PM

Report: Sizemore could earn up to $6 million in deal with Red Sox

Jan 22, 8:48 PM

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According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Grady Sizemore's agreement with the Red Sox is a guaranteed, big-league deal worth $750,000, but the three-time All Star could earn a substantial bump in reaching incentives. 

His deal with Boston is a stark contrast to that of his 2012 deal with the Cleveland Indians, who paid him $5 million without playing a single game after multiple surgeries ended his season before it began.

Jan 22, 7:50 PM

Red Sox sign Grady Sizemore

Jan 22, 7:50 PM

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The Boston Red Sox have officially inked free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal. 

The 31-year-old's career has been derailed by injury since three-straight All Star appearances from 2006-08. In two of those seasons, Sizemore played in all 162 games for the Cleveland Indians. He last played in the major leagues in 2011, where he batted .224/.285/.422 in 71 games. 

In 2012, he signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Indians -- the only club to which he's played for -- but failed to play a single game after undergoing both back and knee surgeries. 

The Red Sox were linked to Sizemore before he re-upped with Cleveland in 2012.

Jan 22, 2:15 PM

Reds won't sign Grady Sizemore, GM confirms

Jan 22, 2:15 PM

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It appears as though beleaguered outfielder Grady Sizemore won't get a chance to resuscitate his major-league career with the Cincinnati Reds after all, general manager Walt Jocketty told Red Legs Radio Report on Wednesday.

A report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal last week suggested the club's interest in the 31-year-old had advanced beyond the preliminary stages, and the two parties were engaged in serious talks.  However, Sizemore hasn't appeared in a big-league game since 2011, as his career was derailed by injuries.

Jan 19, 5:48 PM

Report: Jocketty confirms Reds talking with Grady Sizemore

Jan 19, 5:48 PM

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Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed the club is in serious talks with outfielder Grady Sizemore.

"We've been talking," he told the Enquirer's John Fay. "Some details have to be worked out. We hope to get something done next week. We're getting close to spring training."

Jocketty mentioned the Reds are discussing both minor and major league deals with the injury-plagued Sizemore.

Jan 19, 3:43 PM

Report: Reds, Sizemore engaged in 'advanced talks'

Jan 19, 3:43 PM

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The Reds' reported interest in oft-injured outfielder Grady Sizemore appears to have progressed beyond the preliminary stage, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Sizemore hasn't played in the major leagues since 2011, but could serve a reserve role for the Reds, who plan to anoint prospect Billy Hamilton their everyday centre fielder this season. The 31-year-old could also conceivably platoon with left fielder Ryan Ludwick, a right-handed hitter.

Jan 3, 4:39 PM

Reds 'have explored adding' Grady Sizemore, GM says

Jan 3, 4:39 PM

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Reds general manager Walt Jocketty could go outside the organization to find a replacement for departed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, and has reportedly entertaining the possibility of signing oft-injured centre fielder Grady Sizemore, reports MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

Sizemore's once-promising career has been derailed by injuries, and the three-time All-Star hasn't appeared in the major leagues since 2011, when he logged 71 games with the Indians.  The 31-year-old hasn't notched more than 100 games played in a season since way back in 2009, as he's dealt with various injuries to his back, knee, elbow, and groin.

While Jocketty has stated his intention to anoint prospect Billy Hamilton the club's centre fielder in 2014, the executive may be inclined to add Sizemore as a fourth outfielder.  Sizemore hit .224/.285/.422 with 10 home runs in 295 plate appearances back in 2011.

Dec 10, 8:30 PM

Report: Astros have been in touch with free-agent OF Grady Sizemore's camp

Dec 10, 8:30 PM

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The Astros' people have called free-agent outfielder Grady Sizemore's people:

Sizemore, 31, hasn't played any baseball since 2011. Injuries have ruined what was once a very promising career. 

Sizemore was exceptional for the Indians from 2005 through 2008, when he had a 128 OPS+ in 639 games. He 107 home runs and drove in 325 over that span, and stole 115 bases. He was also an above-average defender in the outfield, and accumulated 26.9 Wins Above Replacement over those four years, according to FanGraphs.

Oh, what could have been. 

Nov 19, 1:58 PM

Report: Grady Sizemore getting 'a lot of interest'

Nov 19, 1:58 PM

Despite missing the previous two seasons and playing in only 104 games in the last four, free agent Grady Sizemore apparently has some suitors. 

The 31-year-old made his MLB debut at 21 and is a three-time All-Star. The outfielder signed a one-year, $5 million deal for 2012, but setbacks after back surgery kept him out. 

Having a look at Sizemore's numbers, it's disappointing to see how injuries,  that began in 2009, derailed his career. 

CareerGP2BHRRBIAVG/OBP/SLG
201171211032.224/.285/.422
2010336013.211/.271/.289
2009106201864.248/.343/.445
2008157393390.268/.374/.502
2007162342478.277/.390/.462
2006162532876.290/.375/.533