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Monday, September 8, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso, Sean Doolittle, Nick Punto, Stephen Vogt

By on 9/08/2014 08:15:00 PM

The Oakland Athletics, who led the AL West for 106 days straight, are now preparing for the contingency that they may have to enter the postseason as one of two Wild Card teams. Part of the reason for the recent 8-17 record is injuries, which are reviewed 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 will see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, hoping for clearance, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. Initially, the catcher could come off the bench as a pinch-hitter, with Adam Dunn as the lefty swinging DH. The A's do not want him to catch again because of the concussion risk.
  • Closer Sean Doolittle, on the DL since August 24 with a strained intercostal (ribcage) threw 20 pitches off a mound on Monday and "felt good", reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. He will throw to hitters on Wednesday and could come off the DL on Thursday. In the meantime, Eric O'Flaherty, who was sidelined with back stiffness over the weekend, is available to close. Doolittle had saved 20 games, and was 1-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 55 innings before going on the DL.
  • Switch-hitting utility infielder Nick Punto (.207/.300/.279), on the DL since August 3 with a strained right hamstring, has been running and is close to a return. The 36-year-old veteran of 14 seasons is able to contribute at shortstop, as well as second and third base.
  • Lefty-hitting utility man Stephen Vogt (catcher, first base), who injured his ankle last week, will not be with the team for the Chicago White Sox series, but could be available for the series in Seattle this weekend. Vogt is hitting  .303/.340/.473 (OPS+ 129) with nine homers and 32 RBI in 74 games. 
  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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