BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment.

The move comes as Sizemore, the former Cascade High star, struggles after injuries sidelined him between September 2011 and this season. He made the All-Star team three times with the Cleveland Indians then had seven operations since 2009, including surgery on both knees, his back and elbow.

Sizemore was only 20 plate appearances from a bonus that would have paid him $250,000 for every 25 plate appearances from 225-500. He was a little more than a week away from receiving another $250,000 bonus for spending 90 days on the major-league roster. If he clears waivers, the Red Sox could keep him in the minors, but it remains to be seen if the 31-year-old Sizemore would prefer to take that route over seeking for another major-league job.

In 52 games, he hit .216 with two homers and 15 runs batted in.

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