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

For the first time in his career, Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore is taking it slow

Jason Mastrodonato at has an intriguing look at Grady and how he feels about getting back into the game after a 2 year layoff.

Grady SizemoreSizemore smiles for the fans and seems in a good enough mood, but something doesn’t feel quite right. His mother, Donna, says he’s naturally shy and likes to keep to himself, so all the attention could be adding to the discomfort. But that’s not why he feels weird.

Grady Sizemore feels weird because he’s wearing a major league uniform for the first time since 2011.

“It feels really good,” he said. “But it feels weird to put the uniform on again.”

Check out the full piece, including insight from Grady’s mother Donna, and his high school baseball coach at