Grady Sizemore was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. In fact, Sizemore, a three-time All-Star with the Indians, has started just one game since Aug. 13.

What gives?

“He’s fine,” manager Ryne Sandberg said before Friday’s game. “I’ll try and pick some spots. He’s gotten some pinch-hit opportunities but I’ll try to get a spot for him as far as getting four at-bats. Work him in there.”

Sizemore is playing in his first full season after a host of injuries kept him out for most of the last four seasons with no big-league appearances at all in 2012 and 2013. After a slow start in 52 games for the Red Sox to start the 2014 season, Sizemore was designated for assignment before latching on with the Phillies.

In 33 games with the Phillies, Sizemore has turned some heads, batting .301 with a .339 on-base percentage and solid play at all three outfield positions.

It’s Sizemore’s versatility in the outfield that could find him a role in the Phillies’ plans for 2015. From the way Sandberg explains it, the Phillies have a good idea what they can expect from Sizemore on the field.