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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt, Craig Gentry

By on 9/17/2014 03:00:00 PM

The Oakland Athletics (83-67) are hoping that left-handed utility player Stephen Vogt will be able to return to the team from a left sprained ankle before the season is over.  However, it is unknown when Craig Gentry will return from suffering concussion symptoms.

Sports Injury Alert reported Sept 5 that Vogt slid hard into second base in the fifth inning of the game on September 3, requiring him to leave the game in the sixth inning.  Yesterday Jane Lee of spoke with A’s manager Bob Melvin who said Vogt may be able to pinch hit as early as today.  Vogt may be able to play first base and the outfield soon, but would not be used as a catcher because of an unrelated right foot issue.  Vogt has been working on running drills this week and will attempt to cut and turn on the bases later today.  In 74 games, Vogt is batting .303/.340/.473 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry is still unavailable according to a tweet from Lee yesterday afternoon.  Darius Austin of Sports Injury Alert reported Gentry crashed into the shoulder of Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez as he raced to cover first base.  Sinus problems have hampered his recovery from the resulting concussion, suffered on September 9. 

Gentry has played in only 94 games this season because of various injuries.  He is batting .254/.319/.289 with no home runs and only 12 RBIs.

The Athletics are 10.5 games behind the first place Angels with only 12 games left in the regular season. They play game two of three against the Texas Rangers tonight at 10:05 PM.

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