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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Geovany Soto exits with back spasms


By on 9/13/2014 10:30:00 AM

Oakland Athletics catcher Geovany Soto exited the A's Friday 4-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners in the third inning with back spasms, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com. Derek Norris moved from DH to catcher, meaning that A's pitcher Jason Hammel batted for himself in the 4th inning, reaching base on an error. The loss left the A's only ½ game ahead of Seattle and Kansas City for the AL Wild Card.

Oakland's other catchers, Stephen Vogt (left ankle sprain) and John Jaso (concussion symptoms) are not expected to be available for the Mariners' series. If Soto is also not available, backup catching duties could fall to Bryan Anderson, who has zero in-game experience with any A's pitcher.

Geovany Soto
Soto, 31, is hitting .158/.273/.211  in seven games (22 PAs) since August 24, when he was acquired from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Soto was in the Rangers' minor-league system as he recovered from foot and knee surgery, and, in addition, lost time with a strained groin.

Now in his tenth season, Soto began his career with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him in 2001 (11th round. He made his major league debut September 23, 2005, showing power and durability as he was named to the NL All-Star team in 2008, when he hit .285/.364/.504 (OPS+119) with 23 homers and 86 RBI in 141 games.

Injuries began to take their toll, and although he had another good year in 2010, he slipped to the role of backup catcher and in July 2012, the Cubs traded him to the Texas Rangers for Jake Brigham (minors) and cash. After the 2012 season, Soto signed with the Rangers as a free agent. He is currently on a one-year $3.05 million contract for 2014.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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