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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso, Craig Gentry, Sean Doolittle, Stephen Vogt

By on 9/11/2014 09:45:00 PM

The Oakland Athletics lost 1-0 on Thursday to Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox, falling to 9.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Angels, and giving the A's only a one game lead for the AL Wild Card. Some of the injuries that have plagued the team are updated below.

  • Catcher John Jaso (.264/.337/.430, OPS+ 117 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 99 games) has been on the concussion list since August 24. He was not cleared by the concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, and will return to the Bay Area, according to Susan Slusser of SFGate. He will not participate in baseball activities and will get into a "more normal routine" to relieve his symptoms.
  • Outfielder Craig Gentry suffered a concussion on Tuesday, his second in three years. Gentry did not play in Thursday's game, and, due to concerns about multiple concussions, it’s possible he will miss days or even weeks. Gentry is hitting .254/.319/.289 in 94 games. 
  • Closer Sean Doolittle, on the DL since August 24 with a strained intercostal (ribcage) is expected to return Friday, reports John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. Doolittle threw 40 pitches off a mound Wednesday. 
  • Lefty-hitting utility man Stephen Vogt (catcher, first base), who injured his ankle last week, will not be join the team in Seattle for the weekend as had been hoped. The A's are now looking for him to return for the final homestand beginning Tuesday Sept 16. (Vogt is hitting .303/.340/.473 (OPS+ 129) with nine homers and 32 RBI in 74 games. 
Sean Doolittle
A rarity among closers because he's a lefty, the 27-year-old All-Star Doolittle has saved 20 games for the A's, including the first two games of the A's-Angels series. He has also recorded five holds, three blown saves, one win and three losses, while posting a 2.28 ERA in 54 appearances. He has struck out 80, walked five (!) and allowed four homers in 55.1 innings.

Doolittle is in his third major league season, with an 8-9 career record, 2.83 ERA. He was the A's first round draft pick in 2007, and made his debut June 5, 2012. He was slow getting to the majors due to two left knee surgeries in 2009 and 2010. The A's signed Doolittle to a five-year /$10.5 million contract that takes him through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020.

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