The Phillies have called up center fielder Grady Sizemore following their four-game sweep of the Brewers. To make room on the roster, David Buchanan was sent down to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Buchanan will keep his normal pitching schedule, even with being sent down.
Sizemore hit .216/.288/.324 for the Red Sox in 2014 before being designated for assignment. Prior to being called up, he was hitting .289/.360/.378 for the IronPigs.
Sizemore has a history of injuries, but used to be one of the better center fielders in MLB, and had the potential to be an all-time great. Sadly, injuries derailed his career. Included in his MLB resume is three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger award. He had a 30/30 season in 2008.
The Phillies outfield is in desperate need of help (especially with a banged up Ben Revere), and Sizemore could potentially be an answer–or he could provide depth should the Phillies explore trading Marlon Byrd.
Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day DL, but he’ll likely be ready to start just after the all star break.