By John Hickey
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at 4:23 pm in 2013 spring training.
Talk about a guy who can’t catch a break.
Scott Sizemore is hoping that there is no break in his left hand after being hit by a pitch there in the third inning against Colorado Sunday.
He doesn’t need more time away from the game. Sizemore already lost a full season to ACL surgery last year, and as a result, he’s relegated to fighting for a job this year.
After two slump-ending singles in his first two at-bats in a 7-2 win over Colorado, he was hit on the left hand by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Shortly afterward, he was removed from the game. Sizemore, who missed all of last season after a spring knee injury required arthroscopic left ACL surgery, was taken out of the game as a precaution, the A’s said originally.
Later manager Bob Melvin said Sizemore was having trouble gripping the bat after being hit. The medics didn’t order an immediate X-ray, believing the hit on the back of his left hand landed on soft tissues.
“They don’t think it’s a fracture,’’ Melvin said. “We’ll see how it goes overnight and we can do that (X-ray) tomorrow, if necessary.
Sizemore, Oakland’s 2011 starting third baseman who is now fighting to make a case for himself as the starting second baseman, had singled his first two times up after a 1-for-10 start to the Cactus League.
He was talking on his cellphone as he left Talking Stick, the Rockies’ home, during the middle of the A’s 7-2 win over Colorado and not showing any overt signs of pain.