Can Grady Sizemore Help Rays?

Grady Sizemore Finds Opportunity To Compete With Rays

Grady Sizemore

When the Tampa Bay Rays signed Grady Sizemore, it was apparent that he would get a shot to serve as both depth in the outfield and another left-handed bat when the time came.

That time came Sunday, as the team selected his contract and optioned RHP Matt Andriese back to Triple-A Durham to make room on the 25-man roster. Desmond Jennings was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Sizemore on the 40-man roster.

“Just happy to be back, grateful for the opportunity and just hoping to contribute in any way I can,” Sizemore said.

Though Grady is with a new organization, he does have some familiar faces in the Rays organization in hitting coach Derek Shelton, Asdrubal Cabrera, and manager Kevin Cash.

“That makes it a little bit easier but it’s still a lot of new faces in the organization so there’s some adjustment,” he said.

Grady Sizemore might have had other teams interested in his services, but he chose to sign with the Rays because he felt like they were the best fit. He wanted to get back to the major league level contribute and he has an opportunity to do just that in the imminent future.

Sizemore should see some regular playing time over the next week with the team set to face a lot of right-handed pitching.

“We’re excited,” Cash said. “We’re going to face a string of right-handed pitching here in these upcoming games and hopefully he can provide a little boost in our lineup. He’s a veteran hitter and see if he can click a little bit.”

Cash said though Sizemore will more than likely DH when he is in the lineup, he is still an option in the outfield and as a left-handed bat coming off the bench late in games.

Hear what else Sizemore had to say below:

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.