The story of Scott Sizemore is not an uplifting one to this point. A player full of promise coming up with the Detroit Tigers, his development mired by injuries, ultimately shipped off to the Oakland Athletics for a fresh start. He showed some of that promise in Oakland after taking over third base duties in 2011, hitting .249/.346/.433 with 11 home runs in 335 plate appearances with the A’s. It appeared as if they had finally solidified the position after the failed Kevin Kouzmanoff experiment.
Then came Spring Training 2012, just an hour into the first drills of the spring, Sizemore felt, and everyone heard, a pop from his knee as he went to field a ground ball. It looked bad, sounded bad, and was bad. Sizemore had torn his ACL and would be lost for the season before it even began. Of course this would open the door for Josh Donaldson to get a shot as the team’s third baseman, and we know how that story goes.
With Donaldson now firmly entrenched at third, and Sizemore recovered from his knee injury, the A’s figured they could try and find a place for him at second base. But he reinjured that knee chasing down a pop fly, and received the bad news once again. He’d torn his ACL again, and would be lost for the season once again. This time would turn out to be his last with the Athletics. Another fresh start will be on the horizon for Sizemore, as I’m sure he’ll get picked up by someone on a minor league deal.