OAKLAND -- As friend Brandon Inge settles into third base in Oakland, Scott Sizemore is doing the same in the trainer's room.
Sizemore, primed for a breakout year at third before incurring a torn ACL in his left knee on the first day of spring workouts, shed himself of his brace just last week and is working to regain strength and range of motion. Lunges, squats and walking on an inclined treadmill are among the activities on his daily to-do list.
"It feels really good to be able to do normal stuff again," Sizemore said from the A's clubhouse Friday. "All the inflammation is pretty much out of there. I feel good enough to where I could jog shortly in a couple of weeks. On paper, I'm two months away from that, but the positive comes in me feeling like I could do it now.
"I can tell, week by week, the exercises we're doing, it's getting stronger, more stable. I'm steadily improving, and that's all I can ask for."
Baseball activity, meanwhile, will have to wait. The plan is for Sizemore to be ready for batting practice by September, and by the start of the offseason, he should be able to go about a rather normal workout routine -- just as he would any other winter -- while continuing the strengthening process. Barring any setbacks, he'll no doubt be back on the field for the start of Spring Training.
For now, he's enjoying being off the couch -- "I was bored out of my mind," he said -- and back in the dugout, cheering on teammates, including Inge, who served as a mentor to Sizemore during their days together in Detroit. Both also are products of Virginia Commonwealth University, though drafted eight years apart.
"He was the veteran that took me under his wings in Detroit and showed me the ropes," Sizemore said. "Just a great guy to be around. He has a great heart, plays the game the right way and, as a teammate, he's one of the best."