By John Hickey
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 6:13 pm in 2013 regular season.
There are certain guys you almost can’t help but root for while doing this job, and one of those is Scott Sizemore.
He isn’t possessed of the greatest talent, but he’s a good player who loves the game, plays his heart out and is a terrific teammate.
So it’s tough to see that Sizemore has yet another mountain to climb. He’d made the A’s roster as a platoon second baseman with Eric Sogard this spring after Sizemore had missed all of the 2012 season in the wake of arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his left ACL.
Then on Tuesday, in just his second start of the season, Sizemore had his reconstructed knee give out on him. The prognosis he was hoping for was that it was just a bit of scar tissue that’d gotten loose, but an MRI revealed very bad news indeed – a re-tear of the left ACL.
Just like that, Sizemore is back to facing another year of post-surgery rehab, once a date for the surgery is set. Between his left wrist (2008), these two ACL injuries and other leg problems, he’s been hurt almost as much as he’s been healthy the last five years or so.
You have to think as much as the A’s like Sizemore that he’ll be back next spring trying to make the roster again. But while it’s one thing to come back from missing one season, it’s going to be virtually two season that Sizemore will have missed should he decide do step onto the spring training stage next February.
There is no guarantee that Sizemore will play again at the level he was at in 2010 when he stepped in and hit .249 with 11 homers in 93 games for the A’s after they’d picked him up in a trade with the Tigers.
But as difficult as today is for Sizemore, it’s difficult to image that someone who loves the game and the competition the way he does wouldn’t make yet one more try at trying to get healthy enough to compete as a big leaguer again.