OAKLAND -- While the A's finish out the last leg of the regular season, rehabbing third baseman Scott Sizemore is essentially just beginning his.
Sidelined since Spring Training after undergoing left knee surgery, Sizemore began taking ground balls at third base for the first time on Friday, and he's expected to take a big step on Monday by taking part in another first -- batting practice.
"Monday, that's the day," Sizemore said, smiling. "Everything should start happening on the field then.
"It's very encouraging, because the fewer setbacks you have, it seems the less likely it is to have recurring issues with the injury, so the doubt of all that doesn't creep into your mind as much. It just feels good that it's healing and I can trust it, and I feel like that process is going to continue to happen [with] the more reps that I take."
Right on schedule with his rehab, Sizemore should essentially enter the offseason just as any other healthy player would, what with the same type of routine he's employed every other year to put him in position for a full Spring Training.
But could Sizemore see game action before that time? With the A's playoff chances increasing by the day, he's naturally thought of potentially returning to the team's active roster by year's end.
"Absolutely," he said. "I think we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, but right now, I don't think it's really in the plans for me to play, even if we make it all the way to the World Series. But you just never know. I'm not completely ruling the thought out."