Rosales set to begin rehab assignment, Sizemore's surgery

Rosales set to begin rehab assignment, Sizemore's surgery
April 16, 2013, 5:45 pm
I listened to the trainers, listened to the team, listened to my body and made sure I didn't push it.
—Adam Rosales on his rehab

OAKLAND -- Oakland Athletics super utility infielder Adam Rosales is ready for a rehabilitation assignment. The versatile infielder that went on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain expects to be in the lineup for the Single-A Stockton Ports on Wednesday in San Jose.

Rosales worked on turning double plays at shortstop and second base on Tuesday. He also took batting practice on the field before the game. Rosales is known for his energy and hustle, but he's had to take it slow while recovering from a muscle strain located between his ribs.

"The most important thing is to keep an even-keeled mindset," Rosales said. "It's going to be great to be back out there on the dirt competing."

Rosales was placed on the disabled list on March 26. He sustained the injury making a throw to home plate on a delayed steal. Being able to turn double plays without pain was expected to be his final hurdle. He was able to do that without issue on Tuesday.

Rosales said he really pushed the injury on the field on Sunday and Monday and felt some soreness afterward, yet on Tuesday, he underwent his regular treatment and felt great when taking grounders.

"I feel really confident about it," Rosales said. "I'm excited."

Rosales is expected to play three games with the Ports and then he'll likely join the River Cats.

"I feel like I handled it the right way," Rosales said. "I listened to the trainers, listened to the team, listened to my body and made sure I didn't push it. But when it came time to test it, I'd test it to the limit."

Rosales is nearing a return, but A's second baseman Scott Sizemore has a much longer road to recovery. He will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after undergoing successful ACL revision surgery in his left knee on Tuesday. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Florida.

Sizemore missed the entire 2012 season with the same injury in his left knee. Last time doctors used a hamstring graft, this ACL reconstruction used a patellar tendon graft. Sizemore also had a menial meniscectomy.

He was 1 for 6 with a double in two games before re-injuring the knee on April 9 in Anaheim.

Notes:

-- The A's have the day off on Thursday. They will use that day to give each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest.

-- Shane Peterson will be making his Major League debut on Tuesday against the Astros. He was recalled to take Brandon Moss' spot on the A's roster. Moss was placed on the paternity list before the game.

-- Moss will miss Tuesday and Wednesday's games before traveling with the team to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

-- The A's are 4-0 this season against the Houston Astros. They have 15 more games against the newest members of the American League West.

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