BALTIMORE, Md. – There's something to be said about starting fresh and getting a clean slate.
That's exactly what former VCU baseball standout Scott Sizemore is hoping to do with his new team, the Oakland Athletics. Sizemore was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and is making his first appearances with his new organization this week.
"I just want to go out and do everything I can to help this team win," Sizemore said. "Wherever they need me to play, wherever they need me to hit, I'll do whatever it takes."
Sizemore was traded from the Detroit Tigers to Oakland on May 27 in exchange for reliever David Purcey. The Chesapeake, Va. native was then sent to Triple-A to get some work at third base.
Less than two weeks later, he got the call to return to the big leagues for the fifth separate time in the past two years. He was called up on three occasions last year with the Tigers and once earlier with Detroit. This will be his first appearance in the majors with the A's.
In 32 minor league games this year in both the Detroit and Oakland organizations, Sizemore hit .368 with 28 runs scored, 18 RBI and three home runs. In 19 games in the majors, he has hit .235 with eight runs scored and four RBIs.
He will serve as the A's utilityman with the ability to play both second and third base. In his first two games with Oakland, he is 2-for-5 with several nice defensive plays at both second and third.
The A's wrap up a three-game set in Baltimore on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. VCUathletics.com is hoping to make an appearance at that game to catch up with the former Ram, more to come on that topic later.