Red Sox impressed by Sizemore's progress

Red Sox impressed by Sizemore's progress
March 8, 2014, 8:45 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He's been sidelined for more than two years because of injuries, so no one really knows what to expect from Grady Sizemore.

But the Red Sox are finding themselves more and more intrigued by the former Indians star with each passing day.

On Friday, he went 2-for-3 -- including a leadoff infield single -- and raised his spring average to .375 in the Sox' 4-1 win over the Braves. Manager John Farrell was impressed, not only with his performance Friday but with how Sizemore is responding to baseball tasks he hasn't faced in a while.

"He did a number of things [Friday] that we hadn't seen yet," Farrell said. "He advances 90 feet on a ball in the dirt. First time he's been forced to slide. So with each day out and each game played, there's other situations that are emerging that he's responding to."