Red Sox part ways with outfielder Sizemore

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) is congratulated by center fielder Grady Sizemore (left) after he scored  run during the first inning at Tropicana Field in this May 24 photo.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) is congratulated by center fielder Grady Sizemore (left) after he scored run during the first inning at Tropicana Field in this May 24 photo.
Posted June 18, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.

The Grady Sizemore experiment is over in Boston as the Red Sox designated the outfielder for assignment on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Sizemore is hitting .216 with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 RBIs. Sizemore was off to a solid start, but has struggled recently as the Red Sox have fallen to six games below .500. He is hitting .187 since April 15.

The Red Sox signed the oft-injured outfielder after losing Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency. The Red Sox called up Garin Cecchini to replace Sizemore on the roster.

Before this season, Sizemore, 31, had not played at any level in two years and has had seven surgeries since 2009. He missed the past two seasons with various injuries, including microfracture surgery on both knees.

Drew, Nava on a roll

Shortstop Stephen Drew, just 1-for-14 in his first four games back after re-signing with the Red Sox, had two hits and a stolen base in his first game back Sunday after missing six games with a sore oblique. On Monday night, he collected his second straight two-hit game.

Outfielder Daniel Nava has done well since his recall from Triple-A Pawtucket. He had another hit Monday night and is 12-for-31 (.387) since his June 2 recall. He has reached base in 18 of 37 plate appearances since returning. He hit .303 on a championship team last season.

Injury updates

Left-hander Felix Doubront, on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, pitched five hitless innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday in his third rehab start. He walked four and struck out 10. Doubront has worked 13 2/3 innings in three minor league starts. … Right-hander Clay Buchholz (knee) will make his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. He is slated to throw 90 pitches. … Right fielder Shane Victorino, rehabbing a hamstring injury at Triple-A Pawtucket, will make his return to the lineup either in Oakland or Seattle on the upcoming road trip.

 

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