DETROIT, Mich. – Second chances in life are rare, but fortunately for former VCU standout Scott Sizemore they do occur.
Sizemore was granted that second chance late Wednesday night when the Detroit Tigers recalled him from Triple-A Toledo, giving him the opportunity to start at third base for the Tigers' 1:05 day game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
"I'm definitely more relaxed internally than I was the first time around when I was putting a lot of pressure on myself," Sizemore said.
The Chesapeake, Va., native started the season at the big league level, earning 30 starts at second base for Detroit. However, he struggled offensively, hitting .206 with five doubles and one home run.
After being sent to Triple-A Toledo, Sizemore's bat came alive, hitting .329 with six home runs, 13 doubles and 32 runs scored.
"Having the type of success I did with Toledo has given me a lot of confidence for this second go-around," Sizemore said.
Legendary manager Jim Leyland has confidence in the former Ram as well.
"I've always thought he could hit at the major league level," Leyland said. "How soon I don't know, but I think he has a solid chance of being a good major league hitter."
The unfortunate part of Sizemore being recalled is that it's to fill-in for another former Ram, Brandon Inge, who was hit by a pitch on Monday and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.
Inge was enjoying yet another stellar defensive year and on his way to one of his best offensive years, hitting. 263 with six home runs and 40 RBIs.