The Indians announced on Tuesday that former major league outfielder Grady Sizemore has joined the club as a player development advisor. He will assist the major and minor league staff during spring training and will be a special assistant during the regular season.
Sizemore, 34, last played in the majors in 2015 with the Phillies and Rays. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Indians from 2004-11. He was a three-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and also won one Silver Slugger Award. As an Indian, he hit .269/.357/.473 with 139 home runs, 458 RBI, 601 runs scored, and 134 stolen bases. Unfortunately, starting in 2009, injuries limited his playing time. He played in just 210 games from 2009-11, then missed the entire 2012-13 seasons.
According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Indians plan to let Sizemore “explore a variety of avenues” in order to find the best way in which he can help the team.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.