Merloni: If healthy, Sizemore starts in center

Merloni: If healthy, Sizemore starts in center
March 10, 2014, 1:45 am
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Grady Sizemore has gone from offseason signing afterthought to the possible Opening Day center fielder for the Red Sox.

As Jackie Bradley Jr.'s struggles at the plate continue in spring training,and Sizemore continues to surprise after more than two years out of baseball, Lou Merloni, on Sports Tonight, reiterated what he told Michael Felger last week: If Sizemore is healthy, the job is his.

"It seems like a real flyer," Felger said. "The guy hasn't played real major league games since 2011. Still, he's looked healthy down there."

Merloni said it's not a debate if Sizemore is back to the form that made him an All-Star with the Indians.

"I don't think there's even a debate. If he's healthy. If. If," Merloni said. "Again, I think that's a long shot. Part of being healthy is showing some resemblance to the same player he was. If that's the case, although it's every other day [so far], he's going to play back-to-back Monday and Tuesday, so we'll see. No matter what Jackie does, if Grady shows he's healthy, it's [Sizemore's] job."