Sizemore feeling better than expected, prepares for first Spring game on Thursday

Despire originally thinking that he probably wouldn’t be ready for the first spring action on Thursday, on Monday manager John Farrell announced that Grady Sizemore would suit up for the Red Sox in one of two 7-inning split-squad games on Thursday against Boston College and Northeastern.

Sizemore’s body has reacted better than expected to an increased workload, causing the Red Sox medical staff and management to adjust up their timeline for the former All-Star.

“Definitely better than expected,” Sizemore said Tuesday when asked about his health. “I didn’t expect to come in here and have continuous days without any issues and be able to keep pushing it to keep up with the volume and keep going from there.”


Grady Sizemore will be in the Red Sox’s lineup for first spring training game on Thursday, swing ‘looks great’ – Jason Mastrodonato,

Grady Sizemore Feeling ‘Definitely Better Than Expected’ At Spring Training – Ricky Doyle, NESN

Sizemore eager to see first game action – Ian Browne,

Sizemore to play in one of two Thursday games – Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet

Grady Sizemore looks good, but can be contribute? – Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

How Grady Sizemore finally landed with the Red Sox

Rangers Indians BaseballA few weeks ago, the likelihood of Grady Sizemore jetting into Logan Airport — just ahead of Tuesday night’s snowstorm — seemed unlikely. And to think that the 31-year-old might actually leave town as a member of the Red Sox appeared to be even more far-fetched.

It wasn’t that Sizemore was unattainable. After all, he hadn’t played a major league game since Sept. 22, 2011, having undergone micro-fracture surgery in both knees, a sports hernia procedure and treatment for back issues.

It was just that the Red Sox weren’t exactly diving into the Sizemore market like some other teams.

The interest level expressed by the World Series champs at the winter meetings in early December was tepid, with the outfielder already possessing a major league contract offer by the time things broke up in Orlando. And even when the holidays rolled around, the Red Sox weren’t considered truly in the mix.

But then Dan Dyrek showed up in Arizona.

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