Grady Sizemore will likely be annointed the Red Sox starting center fielder by manager John Farrell. It's a giant step in a remarkable comeback story for a player who hasn't been in a major league game since September 2011.
On Sports Tonight, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti talked about Farrell's decision to have Sizemore bat down in the order, rather than leadoff, which was a spot he was accustomed to in his All-Star seasons in Cleveland.
"I love the fact they're worried about one extra at-bat per night for a guy that hasn't played in three, really it's closer to five years," Massarotti said. "It's a nice story, but it's kind of a fairy tale and I don't believe in fairy tales. To ask this guy to be anything remotely close to what he was is so illogical and downright unfair to the player."
Said Felger: "Obviously, they're that conscious of his coming back after the long layoff that they don't want him to have five at-bats a night, so they're putting that fine a point on it. So, they're apparently sending down their only backup center fielder [Jackie Bradley Jr]. He's their only true center fielder...If you're that worried about Grady Sizemore, why not keep him in extended spring training or send him to Pawtucket?"