This is dreadful news for a player who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last spring and missed the entire 2012 season: Scott Sizemore tore the same ACL again last night and he will need season-ending knee surgery. Sizemore also needed left ankle surgery in 2009.

“It’s just awful,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s one of those guys you really pull for. He wants to win. He’s coming off two difficult surgeries, to have a third one is devastating. We’re thinking of him.”

Recovery from ACL surgery is arduous, Sizemore was a model patient and he had zero trouble with his recovery. It was, he said, A-OK until last night, when he felt some strange tightness in the knee while chasing a shallow fly toward right field.

It’s unusual to tear an ACL for a second time; the ligament is entirely replaced during surgery. But reliever Joey Devine has torn his ulnar collateral ligament twice; Jason Isringhausen tore his UCL three times. It’s not unheard of. It just stinks to go through all of that, play one week of the regular season and then be out again for another year. Sizemore is well-liked by his teammates, the coaches and the media, he’s just a nice, normal guy, and I think everyone feels for him and his wife, Brooke.

There is no date yet for surgery; last year’s was performed by Dr. Doug Freedberg in Scottsdale, and Sizemore’s hamstring tendon was used.

Eric Sogard is likely to get the bulk of time at second base, at least initially, with Andy Parrino filling in there, at third base and at second base. The A’s have former starting second baseman Jemile Weeks at Triple-A Sacramento, and Melvin said that Parrino got the call over Weeks because of his versatility.