OAKLAND –- Stephen Vogt suffered a sprained left ankle in Wednesday’s loss to Seattle, and it appears the A’s first baseman will miss the start of this weekend’s series against Houston.
Vogt caught his spikes in the ground and rolled his ankle as he slid into second base trying to break up a double play as Seattle’s Robinson Cano tried to make the turn in the fifth inning.
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“Cano had some fancy footwork and kind of tricked me into which way he was going,” Vogt said, “so I tried to change directions at the last second and kind of clipped my toes on the ground as I was going in.”
It’s hardly an ideal scenario for a player who long has been playing with a sore right foot that’s prevented him from catching.
“No more limp,” Vogt said with a touch of humor. “I’ll be evened out.”
Given his injury, Thursday’s day off comes at a good time for Vogt, but it would seem a good chance that he misses Friday’s series opener against the Astros at the Coliseum.
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Houston has yet to announce its pitchers for the series, but in Vogt’s absence, Brandon Moss and Adam Dunn are both options at first against right-handers, and Nate Freiman will likely start against lefties.
“Obviously it just stinks,” Vogt said.
“You never want to come out of the game, be hurt this time of year. Hopefully it’s just a couple of days and I’ll get back at it this weekend.”