Red Sox skipper: We're trying to temper our excitement about OF Sizemore

Mar 16, 11:37 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell is decidedly pleased with what he's seen this spring from Grady Sizemore, the resilient outfielder trying to revive his big-league career, but the skipper wants to keep expectations reasonable, reports Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

“Everything has been very positive about him in camp. He’s also missed two years, and we temper the excitement with that,” said Farrell. “Even if he wasn’t coming off the number of challenges that he’s met physically, when you have a two-year gap, you’d have to say, ‘What is the likely number of games that a player with this path could give us?’ We’ve got to keep all that in perspective.”

Sizemore, who hasn't appeared in a big-league game since 2011 amid myriad injuries, admitted he still has work to do to regain his old form.

“I feel good but not great,” he said. “My timing feels off. It feels a little rusty. But I don’t feel like it’s been two or three years. I feel like it’s just another spring training where it’s early and you’re just trying to get a hold of things and get that rhythm down."

The 31-year-old is hitting .294/.333/.294 over six spring games thus far, though he has yet to steal a base or record an extra-base hit. Sizemore, a three-time All-Star, is contending with prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for Boston's center field job.

“I still feel like I have a long way to go,” added Sizemore.

Mar 28, 11:23 AM

Red Sox skip Farrell names Grady Sizemore as Opening Day center fielder

Mar 28, 11:23 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell made up his mind about Grady Sizemore on Friday, and the 31-year-old will be the team's Opening Day starting center fielder.

Sizemore has been held back by knee and back injuries for years, and hasn't played in the majors since 2011. 

He had a tremendous comeback this spring with Boston, hitting .333 with an .842 OPS in 42 Grapefruit League plate appearances, and earned the starter's job over Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Mar 27, 10:19 PM

Red Sox OF Sizemore won't bat leadoff if he makes the team

Mar 27, 10:19 PM

Though the Red Sox have yet to decide whether Grady Sizemore will crack the 25-man roster, manager John Farrell confirmed Thursday that the resilient outfielder won't hit leadoff if he makes the club, according to WEEI's Alex Speier.

“We look at those top spots in the lineup as on bases being the most important, and we also factor in, if it were to be Grady, there’s a potential of one more at-bat every single night, and how does that cumulative effect affect him given the amount of time off?” noted Farrell. “We’d probably see him middle, where he’s at, in the five/six range, in the lineup initially.”

Farrell indicated that Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino are expected to occupy the top two spots in the lineup.

“We want to take advantage of Nava’s on-base abilities and what Shane does in the two-hole, specifically,” said Farrell. “That’s what’s going into it, in addition to the time down and the reps that would be had.”

Mar 21, 7:23 PM

John Farrell on Grady Sizemore: He's 'likely candidate to become an everyday player'

Mar 21, 7:23 PM

Grady Sizemore's comeback bid with the Boston Red Sox is gaining momentum with just over a week until Opening Day.

"He (Sizemore) is a likely candidate to become an everyday player with durability on his side at some point," manager John Farrell said via ESPN on Friday.

Farrell also acknowledged reports from scouts that Sizemore, who has a history of knee issues, resembles his former All-Star self this spring as the team gradually increases his workload.

"It's pretty amazing given the time missed," Farrell said of Sizemore's recent play. "It just speaks to his athleticism and the low maintenance swing."

Sizemore is now batting .360 this spring, nearly double the .182 output by Jackie Bradley Jr., his main competition for playing time in center field this season.

Farrell's comments suggest Sizemore is pretty much a lock to make the team's 25-man roster, which will be finalized no later than March 30.

Mar 19, 4:54 PM

Red Sox to test Sizemore's durability with increased workload

Mar 19, 4:54 PM

Grady Sizemore has managed to endear himself to the Red Sox during the first several weeks of spring training, and the club is ready to increase the 31-year-old's workload to gauge his durability after a two-year absence from the majors.

The Red Sox intend to have Sizemore in the lineup for five of their next six games, McAdam notes:

Sizemore, who went 3-for-4 in seven innings in a minor league game Wednesday afternoon, will play again Thursday night. Then, after an off-day Friday, he'll play Saturday, Sunday and Monday, giving him five games in the span of six days to test his durability.

"We'll probably have a better read on that in another 10 days,'' manager John Farrell told Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland. "This has been a pretty well thought out plan for the increase in volume and we're going to take every available day to process that information. We'd like to have a crystal ball, but when we signed Grady, we knew there were going to be a number of questions to be answered. He's answering some of those."

Sizemore, who last appeared in the majors in 2011, has impressed both at the plate and in the outfield this spring, going 8-for-21 (.381) with a double and a walk over seven Grapefruit League contests. The three-time All-Star is currently contending with prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for playing time in center field.

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Mar 15, 5:19 PM

Bradley Jr. leading Red Sox center field competition, Sizemore could make roster

Mar 15, 5:19 PM

Jackie Bradley Jr. has been a mainstay in the Boston Red Sox' lineup all spring, as the competition for the team's starting center fielder continues leading up to Opening Day.

Manager John Farrell previously stated Bradley Jr. was "the guy" in center heading into Spring Training, and reinforced those thoughts Saturday by saying, "I don't think anything has radically changed that thought."

Bradley Jr. has already appeared in 10 spring games and logged 30 at-bats heading into action Saturday. He's hitting just .167 and has struck out eight times.

Another possible candidate for the job could be veteran Grady Sizemore. 

"We can't deny the thought that Grady Sizemore has looked very well in camp," Farrell added. "We're still in the process of trying to get our arms around his durability."

Sizemore, who has an extensive history of knee problems, has been playing both left and center field this spring. He's batting a respectable .308 in 13 at-bats and was signed to a one-year, $750,000 big-league contract, making a stint in the minors unlikely.

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