Hiro Nakajima will miss final three exhibition games

Hiro Nakajima will miss final three exhibition games
March 28, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Hiro Nakajima will miss the A's final three exhibition games, suggesting that his Opening Day availability is in doubt. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortstop Hiro Nakajima has been ruled out of all three of the exhibition games in the Bay Area with a strained left hamstring. He will be seeing the team doctors during Thursday's game and the A's will likely have an update on his status for Opening Day by the conclusion on the game.

Nakajima suffered the injury on Tuesday in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians while trying to run advance from first to second base during a sacrifice bunt. He was hitting .167 (7 for 42) at the time of the injury.

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"If he misses three games here and a couple back there it would be difficult to get back into the swing of things," Melvin said. "But I'm not really sure yet."

The decision on Nakajima could determine the final piece of the A's infield puzzle. If he starts the year on the disabled list it opens up another roster spot for an infielder.

"It's becoming a little more clear based on potentially some injuries," Melvin said. "There's going to be at least one difficult decision to make."

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