A's Russell out a week with hamstring strain

A's Russell out a week with hamstring strain
March 11, 2014, 10:30 am
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Hiroyuki Nakajima joined the A's from minor league camp to replace Addison Russell. (AP)

Shortstop Addison Russell will be sidelined at least one week with a strained right hamstring, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday morning.

Oakland’s top prospect suffered the injury while running out a ground ball in Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Surely the A’s will take every precaution with Russell, ranked the No. 3 prospect in the entire major leagues by ESPN.

To provide depth at shortstop, the A’s will call Hiroyuki Nakajima over from minor league camp. Nakajima has fallen off the map since signing a two-year $6.5 million contract before the 2013 season. He spent all of last year with Triple-A Sacramento and was removed from the 40-man roster in August.

But the former Japanese star could see considerable playing time with Russell out, and Melvin indicated that Nakajima would play elsewhere around the infield besides shortstop. Melvin also added that it would probably take an injury for Nakajima to see big league time this season.

In other news, reliever Ryan Cook (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session Tuesday. Joining him will be fellow reliever Eric O’Flaherty, who is expected to miss the first half of the season as he continues his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Catcher Derek Norris is recovering from back spasms and could return to the lineup Wednesday, but first baseman Daric Barton is expected to miss several more days with a hamstring strain.