Tigers' Sizemore suffers a tough break in AFL

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The Tigers suffered quite a scare when second base prospect Scott Sizemore fractured a bone in his left ankle
during Thursday’s game in the Arizona Fall League. All things
considered, it could have been a lot worse since it was determined to
be a “nondisplaced” fracture, meaning that the bone has cracked but
remains in alignment. Sizemore should be fully recovered by spring
training.

“He was playing very well, offensively and defensively, and feeling
really good,” Dombrowski said of Sizemore’s Arizona debut. “But these
things happen.”

“You wish it wouldn’t have happened. You’d rather have another month (in Arizona) under his belt. But he’ll be fine.”

Sizemore, who was a fifth-round
draft pick of the Tigers in 2006, was off to a hot start in the AFL,
batting .368 with three home runs, two doubles and nine RBI over his
first five games. He batted .308/.389/.500 with 17 homers, 66 RBI and
21 stolen bases between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season.
He was recently ranked as
the No. 16 prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America.



General manager Dave Dombrowski would love to hand
the starting second base job over to the 24-year-old. Placido Polanco,
who hit .285/.331/.396 with 10 homers and 72 RBI in 2009 and
.315/.351/.407 after the All-Star break, will surely sign elsewhere.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

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The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.

La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.

I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.