Catching up with the Oakland A’s injury updates
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s have managed to enjoy relatively good health this season. While a few players have missed time due to injury, that has not been as rampant of an issue as one may have anticipated. However, the A’s have still been missing several key pieces to their roster. Let’s get caught up on their progress.
Checking in on Oakland A’s injury news
Sheldon Neuse has been a revelation for the A’s thus far, his 126 OPS+ the best of anyone on the team with at least 20 plate appearances. The valued utility man is currently day to day due to a tight groin and is being kept out of the lineup as a precaution. While he could play if needed, it makes more sense to give him some time off to rest and recuperate.
Stephen Vogt has not been a big part of the lineup, but he has been another veteran mentor for Sean Murphy. The A’s backup catcher took part in full baseball activities prior to Monday’s game against the Twins. Vogt is going to need a rehab stint since he has been on the Injured List since April 21, but he may be ready to head to the minors soon.
Cole Irvin is slightly ahead of Vogt. He will begin his rehab with the Stockton Ports on Tuesday. Depending on how well his outing goes, he could return to the majors in short order since he landed on the IL at the beginning of the month. However, he might need another outing afterwards to build up his pitch count, making later in May more likely.
Late May is also the target for Stephen Piscotty. He is sidelined with a strained calf, an injury that came when it seemed as though the A’s would actually get some sort of production from him. While Ramon Laureano’s return from his suspension helps, the A’s do need all the offense they can get, which amazingly, includes Piscotty.
The Oakland A’s are getting closer to being back to full health. Getting those pieces back could make a difference as they continue to hang tough.