Sizemore takes turn at second base
Another day, another lineup. Here’s who the A’s are bringing to Tempe today to face the Angels:
Crisp CF, Young RF, Smith DH, Cespedes LF, Lowrie SS, Sizemore 2B, Barton 1B, Norris C, Rosales 3B, (Blackley P)
Of note, this is the first start on the field for Sizemore – he was at DH yesterday – since September 2011, when he was playing third base. So, combined with the fact he missed all of 2012 while recovering from a torn ACL, there’s probably going to be a bit of an adjustment period for him this spring. Still, the A’s have no doubt he’ll be able to keep up with Jemile Weeks in battle for the second-base job.
Weeks enjoyed a productive spring debut yesterday, as you can read here. And tomorrow it’s Jed Lowrie who gets the start at second base against the Indians, so it does seem like he’ll be moving around the infield quite a bit, as the A’s suggested.
Lowrie’s a guy that will probably move around a lot in the batting order, too. And on Sunday morning, Bob Melvin said the same goes for most everyone else, aside from Crisp and Cespedes, who, for the most part, will remain in the leadoff and cleanup spots, respectively.
Not surprisingly, that’s where they’re slated to be in the lineup for Monday’s home opener:
Crisp CF, Lowrie 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Moss 1B, Nakajima SS, Jaso C, Donaldson 3B, Taylor LF (Werner P)
Tomorrow the A’s will also get their first glance of the spring at Sonny Gray, Evan Scribner, Hideki Okajima and Jordan Norberto, all scheduled to pitch against the Indians.