Grady Sizemore has been a bright spot for the Boston Red Sox in spring training, which has created an interesting position battle in center field between him and top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr.
Sizemore continued his stellar performance Wednesday by going 3-for-3 in a Triple-A game against the Baltimore Orioles.
The question surrounding Sizemore isn’t if he can be productive at the plate or in the outfield, it’s whether he can stay healthy for a full 162-game season.
The 31-year-old hasn’t played in a Major League game since 2011, and has only taken part in 104 games over the last four years. Injuries derailed what appeared to be a Hall of Fame-caliber career, but he’s worked hard in spring training and looks to be slowly regaining his old form.
If Sizemore is able to stay healthy and play a full season, the Red Sox should be able to replace a lot of the offensive production and defense in the outfield that was lost when Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees in the offseason.