TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia turned on the television to watch the Cardinals-Red Sox game on Monday afternoon and quickly took notice of his old teammate, Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore was 3 for 4 with a double and made two highlight catches in center field.
“He looked good. That’s the Grady Sizemore I know,” Sabathia said. “If he’s healthy, that’s the guy.”
Sabathia was a promising young starter when Sizemore broke in with the Indians in 2004 and had his best seasons. He remembers the center fielder quickly becoming one of the best players in the game. Injuries idled Sizemore for two full seasons and now he’s making a comeback with the Sox.
“It’s just good to see him healthy and back out on the field,” Sabathia said.
Sabathia believes Sizemore can again become a productive player.
“It was my first time seeing him play. You’d think his timing would be off or something would be off,” Sabathia said. “He hit a ball off the wall off a lefty. He looked good. When you’ve got talent like that, anything is possible.
“He was so much fun to watch when I played with him. He was young and full of energy and kind of took over the game. It was just fun to watch.”
Sizemore did not play today and is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Wednesday before facing the Yankees on Thursday night.
Jackie Bradley Jr., who is competing for playing time with Sizemore, was 1 for 4 with a double in an 8-1 loss against the Yankees. Bradley is 7 of 37 (.189) in spring training.
“What we’re honing in on is not a batting average but the quality of the at-bats and they’re getting more consistent,” Sox manager John Farrell said.