By John Hickey
Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8:10 am in 2013 spring training.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Oakland second baseman Scott Sizemore walked into the A’s clubhouse Monday with his left hand heavily bandaged and carrying a packet of official-looking papers.
Good news or bad news? It turned out to be good. The papers were attached to X-rays that the club had Sizemore get on his left hand early Monday morning.
There was no break. And the star-crossed Sizemore, who missed all of 2012 following ACL surgery, should be able to be back in the A’s second base mix before too much longer.
“I’m extremely relieved,’’ Sizemore said upon entering the clubhouse after getting X-rayed. “It’s definitely a relief.’’
You can forgive Sizemore for overworking the word “relief’’ just there. He came to camp last year as Oakland’s starting third baseman, got hurt on the first day and spent his season recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee as Josh Donaldson, a converted catcher, took over at third base and bloomed.
Sizemore came to camp this year not as a candidate at third base, but back at his old position, second base. The trouble there exists in the form of a massive grouping of potential second basemen – Jemile Weeks, Jed Lowrie, Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard in addition to Sizemore – and the last thing the 28-year-old needs is to miss playing time this spring.
He’d gotten off to a 1-for-10 start at the plate, which wasn’t helping his cause, but he’d had back-to-back hits to open the game before being hit on the hand to the Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood in the top of the third. The bases were loaded at the time, and Sizemore was credited with one of the more painful RBIs of his career.
“I went out to play defense and that was OK, but when I came back in the dugout, I picked up a bat,’’ Sizemore said. “I couldn’t hold it very well. I knew it was going to be a couple of days.
“I don’t know when I’ll be back in there,’’ he said. “I’ve got to get the swelling and inflammation down. But the pain’s not too bad.’’
Early plans are for Sizemore to be held out of action at least Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday is a day off for the entire team. So he’s shooting for a Thursday or Friday return to the lineup after the swelling and inflammation subsides.