Sizemore out for AFL season with fractured tibia

The Tigers’ second baseman of the future won’t be playing anymore this year. Scott Sizemore will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after breaking his left ankle trying to turn a double play during a game Thursday.

Sizemore is traveling to Detroit this weekend for follow-up exams. However, he told the Detroit Free Press that the injury is not expected to require surgery to repair, meaning he should be ready in time for Spring Training.

The 24-year-old was off to a scorching start to the AFL campaign, going 7-for-19 with two doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in five games for the Peoria Javelinas. He was following up a regular season in which he batted.308 with 39 doubles, 17 homers and 66 RBIs between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.

Those numbers, combined with his progress defensively over the course of the season — he turned 100 double plays and made 21 errors in 118 games at second base — convinced team officials that he’s ready for the jump the Major Leagues. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in his end-of-season remarks that Sizemore would be their starting second baseman if they can’t re-sign soon-to-be free agent Placido Polanco.

This injury isn’t expected to change those plans. Barring a setback, he’ll be fully recovered well ahead of the start of camp in February. He’ll be the second Tigers infielder there to have spent the offseason recovering from injury. Brandon Inge will undergo surgery on both knees Nov. 3 but is on schedule to be ready for baseball activity around the start of February.

 

5 Comments

21 errors in 118 games?? Is that really what we want???? Thats an aweful lot.

Well, now we know. Thank you, Jason. Although it’s awful news. 21 errors is not so good, but they say the guy can hit. Is that so bad?

21 errors would easily lead both leagues. It’s a ton. And when you consider that Polanco made zero to two per season, the dropoff would be huge and very noticeable in our runs allowed total. Plus Polly could hit too. I suppose some team will offer Polanco more than we can afford (there it is again), but the 2010 team will take a giant negative hit if that happens. So Sizemore can hit. He’d be replacing another guy who can hit. No upgrade there.
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–Rich

Sounds like a post is due from Stat Man Dave. Defense vs. Hittting. It is one thing to throw out runners trying to steal. I am still not convinced that outweighs having a slugger for a catcher. But ball that are hit, you have to make a play on. My take on Polanco is you make him an offer, no more than 3 years and see if his heart is in Detroit. I know I am old school but if I play with the same teammates for a long time, I get to know them, have fun, and win Championships! You know, chemistry and momentum.

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