GOODYEAR, Ariz.: What has long been suspected about Grady Sizemore was stated officially by General Manager Chris Antonetti this morning.
""There is still a possibility, but it's less likely than more likely he'll be ready for the start of the season,'' Antonetti said. ""We're hoping it will be close to the start. Whether it's a few days or a few weeks, we don't know yet.''
Running and cutting remain the major obstacles for Sizemore to overcome, which is only natural after undergoing mocrofracture knee surgery.
""There are a number of things he needs to do in terms of outfield drills and running the bases,'' Antonetti said.
But the GM and manager Manny Acta continue to be impressed with Sizemore's work at the plate.
""His batting practice has been as good or better than any time in the past,'' Antonetti said. ""He's using the whole field, and he hit a couple of balls out the other way a few days ago, which tells me he has his legs under him.''