Long-time Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore is in camp with the Red Sox this spring as he tries to get his career back on track after missing two full years to injury. Things have gone well so far, but he has not yet been really tested. On Monday, he crashed into a wall making a catch for the first time:
Because that wasn't enough, Sizemore made this great diving catcher a few innings later:
"(The wall) kind of crept on me before I knew it was there," said Sizemore to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford after the game. "The wind was blowing pretty good. I hit it pretty hard, but it hit me so fast I wasn't able to brace so it didn't hurt too bad. I'm sure I'll be a little sore tomorrow, but I was lucky to catch it and come out with no injuries."
Sizemore, 31, also went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored in the game, raising his spring training batting line to .381/.409/.429 in 22 plate appearances. He has yet to play back-to-back games and is more or less competing with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the center field job. The Red Sox gave him a one-year contract back in January.
Sizemore last played in an MLB game in September 2011 due to ongoing injury problems, including back and knee surgery. He has had seven surgeries since September 2009. Sizemore was one of the best players in baseball from 2005-08 and at one point it seemed like he had no chance to get to being that player. Now? At least there's some hope.