FORT MYERS, Fla. — One Red Sox official called signing Grady Sizemore "a lottery ticket" for the organization because of the long odds it would pay off.
So far, a few of the numbers have popped up.
Sizemore was 2 for 3 in today's game against the Braves. But most notably, he took second base on a wild pitch in the third inning, sliding in to beat the throw from catcher Gerald Laird.
Sizemore hustled to beat out an infield hit in the first inning then had a line-drive single in the third. The outfielder is one of the surprises of camp after missing two consecutive seasons with injuries.
“He did a number of things today we haven’t seen yet,” manager John Farrell said.
Sizemore isn’t seeking out particular situations. But he’s passing physical tests as they occur in games.
“I’m not thinking about anything out there. It’s not one of those things where I’m hesitant or worried about anything,” he said. “If I were thinking along those lines, I wouldn’t be ready to play.”
Sizemore will get two days off before playing again Monday. He is not expected to play back-to-back games until later next week.
“The only question that we have right now is answering the durability one,” Farrell said.
That is an important question, obviously. As the Red Sox assemble their roster, they will need to determine whether Sizemore can be a regular player or more effective as an extra outfielder. Other decisions will hinge off that.