The great Grady Sizemore comeback has hit another obstacle: The Boston Red Sox designated him for assignment Tuesday, meaning they have 10 days to release Sizemore, trade him or send him to the minors (if he agrees) once he passes waivers.
The Red Sox hoped, as many baseball fans did, that Sizemore's comeback after two years away from Major League Baseball would continue to progress as it did during spring training and early in the regular season. On opening day, Sizemore hit a home run against the Baltimore Orioles that was his first since 2011. Hope flourished. But, after an encouraging start, Sizemore has slumped without righting himself. He's batting .216/.288/.324 with two homers in 205 plate appearances.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said this about Sizemore:
John Farrell: "Grady Sizemore is about all the good things in this game."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) June 17, 2014
In that snippet, Farrell sounds like he's talking about someone at the end of the road at age 31. A great athlete before seven surgeries ravaged his knees and elsewhere, Sizemore has shown brief glimpses of the player he was with the Cleveland Indians earlier in his career. He's made a few good plays in the outfield, but Jackie Bradley is a much better center fielder at this stage, no matter that he's not hitting well, either. And Sizemore is 5 for 5 stealing bases. He's still got something, just nothing that's sustainable for a team trying to win games.
There's a possibility that someone else will give Sizemore a chance, but it probably will be in the minor leagues for an extended period. And the chances of Sizemore sustaining anything more than that, at this point, seem remote.
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