Merloni: Crunch time for Sizemore to earn starting role

Merloni: Crunch time for Sizemore to earn starting role
March 20, 2014, 9:00 pm
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With a Red Sox spring training devoid of big stories, Grady Sizemore's performance has stood out.

The former Indians All-Star, who hasn't played in a major league game since September of 2011, has impressed and is being talked about by many as the everyday center fielder, supplanting Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Sox are increasing Sizemore's workload this week as they test his stamina and health after he's been away from the everyday grind for so long. He played all nine innings against the Yankees on Thursday night.

On SportsNet Central, Lou Merloni said while this is "a huge week" for Sizemore, he cautions that he shouldn't be rushed to make it into the lineup for Opening Day in Baltimore on March 31.

"The beauty of this is there's never been a timetable," Merloni said. "They need to keep to that. If he's not ready, they need to slow him down a bit, but this is a huge week if you're going to see him Opening Day."