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Scott Sizemore Suffers Six-Week Setback

We took most of the weekend off here at BYB, as there wasn't a whole lot going on in Tiger Town. Besides, what's the most we could've missed? It's not like one of the Tigers' top prospects or a new starter for next year got hurt, right?

Wait - say what now?

Second baseman Scott Sizemore, seemingly the team's preference to be the starting second baseman next season (Adios, Placido Polanco), was injured while making a double play last Thursday in Arizona Fall League play.

Sizemore ended up with a fractured tibia - not a "tibula" or "fibia," doctors - in his left ankle, an injury that halts what was becoming an impressive season in the AFL. In six games, Sizemore batted 7-for-19 with three homers and nine RBIs.

Does a broken ankle put Sizemore's chances of winning the second base job in jeopardy? Might the Tigers have to re-evaluate their apparent plans to let Polanco go through free agency? From all accounts, the answer is no.

The fracture was non-displaced, meaning there was a crack, but the bone stayed in place. And the injury won't require surgery. Altogether, that should mean a six-week recovery period (during which Sizemore will likely be in a walking cast), which gives him plenty of time to get ready for Spring Training. Sizemore will be in Detroit today, however, to get examined by team doctors.

This season, Sizemore hit .308/.389/.500 with 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 21 stolen bases, splitting time between Erie and Toledo.