Sizemore to miss 2012 season

The A’s were prepared for the worst and hoping for the best, but they were dealt the former Monday evening, when they learned third baseman Scott Sizemore will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Sizemore suffered the injury Saturday afternoon during a series of infield drills and underwent an MRI on Monday morning under the watch of Dr. Douglas Freedberg that revealed the bad news.

Due to swelling, the 27-year-old A’s infielder will have to wait two weeks before being reevaluated to determine when he will undergo surgery.

Sizemore was just getting comfortable with the A’s, who acquired his services midseason last year via a trade with the Tigers. He immediately made the switch from second base to third base to fill the need for Oakland, who watched him progress both offensively and defensively in the months that followed.

At the plate, Sizemore hit .249 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 93 games for the A’s, and only Josh Willingham compiled a higher OPS than Sizemore’s .778 mark.

The A’s are expected to give prospect Josh Donaldson — now stripped of catching gear — a long look at third base in the meantime, but it’s possible they could explore other options through trade or free-agency to fill the void. Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Wes Timmons can also provide temporary help at the position.

“I really feel badly for Scott,” manager Bob Melvin said in a release. “He’s worked extremely hard and was ready for a breakout season this year. We were counting on him to provide some much-needed power from the right side of the plate. Now his total focus has to be on a successful surgery and rehabilitation so he can return stronger than ever. In his absence, we feel we have some viable options in Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Josh Donaldson. They can all bring something to the position.”

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