OAKLAND –- Brandon Moss went for an MRI on his sprained left ankle Sunday morning, as the injury is proving more problematic than expected.
Moss initially said he didn’t think his ankle was that bad, after he twisted it while trying ot get out of the batter’s box on a grounder Friday. On Saturday, he said the pain had gotten a bit worse from the day before but he still held out hope of perhaps playing Sunday against Toronto.
“It’s just to the point where we’re a little bit concerned and we want to be precise,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday’s game.
His injury puts a dent in the A’s outfield depth considering that right fielder Josh Reddick already is on the 15-day disabled list. The first day he can return is July 18, the first game after the All-Star break. Center fielder Coco Crisp also is getting semi-regular rest for “an assortment of things,” in Melvin’s words.
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Stephen Vogt is in right field Sunday with Craig Gentry in center alongside left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Vogt, who has also played some first base along with his more regular catching duties, is seeing more outfield duty of late.
“His versatility really is coming into play now with a guy like Brandon out,” Melvin said.
In other news, third baseman Josh Donaldson is at designated hitter Sunday as the A’s are trying to be cautious with the recent back stiffness he’s had. And the outstanding catch that Donaldson made Saturday night while crashing into the tarp near the left-field foul line likely didn’t help a player with a sore back.
“We want to make sure we alleviate this -- play him in the field, DH him a day, especially with the quick turnover from last night,” Melvin said. “Watching him run into the tarp gave me a little trepidation as well.”
Most starting pitchers, on their day to throw, would show up around 11 for a 1:05 p.m. game. Melvin said newcomer Jeff Samardzija showed up earlier than normal, and slipped into uniform earlier than most would.
“He’s walking around with a pasted on smile on his face. I know he’s happy about being here,” Melvin said.