Grady Sizemore’s return to form during Spring Training was the feel-good story heading into the Red Sox’ 2014 season, but it appeared that the tale was heading for a disappointing end after he was released by the Sox in June.
Now, the 31-year-old outfielder is getting a second chance this year at making it in the majors, as he’ll be called up to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced on Thursday.
Sizemore signed a minor league deal with Philadelphia on June 24, nine days after his last game with the Red Sox. He was assigned to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, where he played in 10 games and hit .289 in 45 at bats with one double, one home run, and two RBIs, while also drawing five walks.
Sizemore made the Red Sox Opening Day roster after an impressive Spring Training, going 2-for-4, including a home run, in their opening game Baltimore. His season never lived up to how the Red Sox hoped it would, as he hit just .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 52 games before the Sox designated him for assignment on June 17.
He will join the Phillies on Friday for their three-game series with the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia.