Red Sox lineup: Grady Sizemore gets call to lead off against Northeastern
|02.27.14 at 9:22 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — He wasn’t banking on this day coming, but the fact that it’s here certainly is a step in the right direction for Grady Sizemore.
The Red Sox outfielder, who hasn’t played a major league game since September, 2011, is jumping right into game action, getting the nod to lead off in his team’s exhibition game against Northeastern on Thursday afternoon.
“I didn’t think about it,” Sizemore said regarding getting the chance to see game action in the first spring training game. “My plan was to get down here and see how I felt. It was one of those things I wanted to get here and see how the body felt on a day to day basis. It was one of those things where I was going to leave it up to these guys, having communications with the training staff and see how it reacted. I didn’t expect anything but I didn’t limit myself either.”
Sizemore has spent the majority of his career hitting leadoff, manning the top spot in 705 games with the No. 2 hole serving as his second-most popular position by a wide margin (61 games).
“I feel comfortable anywhere,” said Sizemore, who has a .366 on-base percentage and .853 OPS in the leadoff spot for his career. “Obviously I’ve been there most of my career so I’m used it, but honestly it doesn’t matter. As long as I’ve been in the big leagues I’ve pretty much been the leadoff spot. I wasn’t really a power guy until I got in the big leagues.”
“Just to get a couple of at-bats, like all the other position players,” Farrell said. “With Grady particularly, there’s been so much made about what he’s come off of, it’s probably the day after he’s on the field in games and how he comes out of those physically.
“We probably look at it like every seven or eight days and maybe it’s three to four games, in that eight day span, just to gradually get some information on him physically. We gave him a day off two days ago when it wasn’t requested on his part. We just got him off his feet, more precautionary, just to balance out the fact that there’s been a couple-year gap here and yet he’s get back at it every day. So far, so good.”
Farrell was asked if Sizemore would get a chance to play all three outfield positions.
“In time. We just want to get his legs underneath him, getting on the field, first and foremost,” Farrell said. “If he appears in those three spots, I think that’s probably likely at some point but primarily I would see him in left and center.
“I think the one thing we’ve established here is that we have a very good medical staff that is here to help guys. There’s been many, many cases where they’ve kept guys on the field. I don’t think there’s reluctance on the player’s part when he has physical needs. That’s part of the atmosphere here, that they’re not going to be looked upon negatively if there are [medical] needs.”
The following is the lineup the Red Sox will send out against the Huskies at JetBlue Park:
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brandon Workman P
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Red Sox Will Not Fill GM Position After Mike Hazen's Hiring by...
- Dustin Pedroia Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Recovery from Knee...
- Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Boston Red Sox
- John Farrell to Return as Red Sox Manager: Latest Contract Details,...
- Red Sox's Disappointing ALDS Sweep Ends Iconic David Ortiz Era on Down...
- Ramirez, Ortiz, Betts Each Record 30+ Home Runs, 100+ RBI
- Indians vs. Red Sox ALDS Game 3: Live Score and Highlights
- FallWinter League Roundup: Dominican League begins, Haley solid
- Fall/Winter League Roundup: Moncada shines in AFL
- SoxProspects Featured Video: Mauricio Dubon
- Podcast Ep. #107: Instructs 2016
- Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part Three
- Weekly Notes: Scouting Instructs, Moncada reassigned to the minors
- 2016 SoxProspects.com All-Stars
- Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part Two, Jason Groome and Gerson Bautista
- Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part One
- Weekly Notes: Fall Instructional League begins