Scott Sizemore didn't participate in the A's first full-squad workout Sunday - and he had a good reason, two days after the birth of his first child, a daughter named Layla.
No one would have blamed him had Sizemore experienced some trepidation about the day of the birth, or about his first day back on the field this spring. After all, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the A's first full workout last spring, ending his season mere hours into the day.
Fully recovered, Sizemore played Monday and Tuesday, and, yes, he's pretty happy he's all in one piece.
"I was joking around that I finally made it to Day 2," Sizemore said Tuesday. "It was kind of nice. Because I wasn't there the first day, I just go with the flow, follow guys around who know what the program is."
Last year was tough for Sizemore. He at last had come to big-league camp not only with a firm roster spot but also an everyday job as the A's third baseman, but instead he spent the year rehabbing and watching Oakland win the AL West.
The watching part might sound frustrating, especially given the expectations that Sizemore would be a starting player all year, but Sizemore was just as caught up in what the A's were doing as everyone else, maybe more.

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