ANAHEIM -- The Oakland Athletics will be without Scott Sizemore for the remainder of the 2013 season after he re-tore the ACL in his left knee. Sizemore, 28, had just returned after missing the entire 2012 season with the same injury. He first tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last February in the A's first full squad workout. The team and the Sizemore family haven't decided when he will undergo surgery.
"I think it's just awful," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We came up around the same time in 2010 when I took over here. He had a great year, played out of position, one of those guys you really pull for because he's such a good guy and he cares so much."
The news is a bitter pill to swallow for many reasons. Sizemore worked extremely hard while rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing the first surgery. The initial procedure was performed by Dr. Douglas Freedberg last March in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The most recent injury occurred in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game when he chased a pop up hit to right field by Mike Trout. After the play, Sizemore said he felt his knee tighten up. He left the clubhouse wearing a soft cast to immobilize his left leg and was using crutches to walk. At the time he was optimistic the injury wasn't too serious. He flew home on Wednesday and underwent an MRI that revealed the tear. Sizemore also underwent surgery to repair a fractured left ankle in October of 2009 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He was named their minor league player of the year that season.
"He's coming off two difficult surgeries, and to have a third one is just devastating," Melvin said. "We're thinking about him, but I can't imagine what's going through his mind right now."
With Sizemore lost for the season, the A's are turning to Eric Sogard, who has been starting most of the games at second base. Infielder Andy Parrino was also recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
"It's a great honor and a privilege," Parrino said after joining the team in Anaheim. "Hopefully I can jump right in here and help out the team any way possible."
Parrino, 27, was a logical choice to take Sizemore's spot on the roster. He has Major League experience at second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and right field. He can back up almost every position on the field and is a switch hitter. That is particularly important because the A's are still unclear as to when right fielder Josh Reddick will return to the lineup with his sprained right wrist.
"He's one of those guys that really can pick you up in any particular spot," Melvin said. "If you get going in a game where you've hit for a couple of guys and subbed out some guys, he's that one guy that can fill any potential hole you have."
Through six games with the River Cats, Parrino was hitting .174 with a double and an RBI. He hit .368 with five walks, six doubles and nine RBI in 26 games with the A's in spring training. Parrino was one of the players acquired this offseason from the San Diego Padres in exchange for starting pitcher Tyson Ross.
The A's also entertained the idea of calling up Jemile Weeks, who is hitting .333 through the first six games in AAA, but Parrino won the spot because of his versatility.
Adam Rosales is still on the 15-day DL and could be an upgrade over Parrino when he is ready to return. He still needs to go on a rehab assignment as he recovers from an intercostal strain.
Knowing versatility is one of the main themes with the A's this season, Weeks is starting at shortstop in Sacramento on Wednesday for the first time.
"I don't know for sure but I wouldn't be surprised if that was [Weeks'] idea," Melvin said. "It just opens up some options for [Weeks]."
The A's roster was built on the premise of depth and versatility so they could withstand injuries. They will be put to the test early with out Sizemore.