Things have not been easy for veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore, who was once one of the best players in baseball, has not played since 2011 and really hasn’t been healthy since 2008.
Sizemore was forced to have microfracture surgery in 2010, then hurt his knee and needed sports hernia surgery in 2011.
In 2012, he flirted with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners before re-signing with the Cleveland Indians. Back surgery and microfracture surgery kept him out for the season.
Last year, he remained a free agent throughout the season.
The Red Sox signed Sizemore in the offseason, hoping he could at least provide some help replacing Jacoby Ellsbury while super prospect Jackie Bradley, Jr. waited in the wings.
Sizemore had a fantastic spring for the Red Sox and was named the starting center fielder for opening day.
On Monday, Sizemore officially returned to Major League Baseball when the Red Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles.
His first at-bat came in the second inning when he ripped a single to right.
Then, Sizemore led off the fourth inning with a home run to right field, tying the game at one.
Grady Sizemore Home Run pic.twitter.com/5F0nQvD4df
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It was Sizemore’s first home run since July of 2011.