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Monday, June 23, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Derek Norris, Kyle Blanks, Josh Reddick

By on 6/23/2014 07:30:00 AM

Not for the first time this season, Derek Norris had to leave a game after being hit by a batter's backswing. The Oakland Athletics catcher made an early exit on Sunday when Jonathan Herrera's bat caught him in the head, as reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Norris passed his cognitive tests and apparently felt fine, but was being taken for a precautionary CT scan following the extra-inning loss to the Red Sox. Following this latest incident, Norris told Slusser that he was going to have to adjust:
“Ultimately because the hitters aren’t hitting any shorter of a backswing, I think I’m going to have to make the adjustment,” Norris said. “A tick here and there off the mask or glove is one thing but this one got me in a pretty good part of the head and not the helmet or the mask. For my own health, I think I’m just going to have to take a step back.”
Just two weeks ago, Norris was struck twice by Manny Machado's backswing and had to come out of that contest in the sixth. Thus far he has been lucky to not sustain a more serious injury and hopefully he will move back away from the plate a little before a more serious injury occurs.

Norris wasn't the only Oakland player forced out of the game: Kyle Blanks departed following an attempt to score from third on a groundball to Herrera, according to Andrew Pentis of Blanks was thrown out and Pentis notes he appeared to be limping back to the dugout, with a left calf strain being cited as the injury. Brandon Moss replaced him at first base.

Pentis also reports that right fielder Josh Reddick had a two-double game for the Sacramento River Cats on Saturday and could be back with the team as soon as Tuesday. Reddick has been on the DL with a hyperextended knee since June 3rd and has been rehabbing in Sacramento since the 18th, where he is 7-for-16 with three doubles and has also gone one-for-two in stolen base attempts, so he is clearly willing to test out his legs on the basepaths.

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