Nakajima doubtful for remaining A's exhibition games

Nakajima doubtful for remaining A's exhibition games
March 27, 2013, 12:15 pm
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He most likely won't play in the Giants series and it could be longer than that.
—Bob Melvin on Hiro Nakajima

PHOENiX, Ariz. -- A's shortstop Hiro Nakajima's strained left hamstring will keep him out of Wednesday's game against the Rockies and he is doubtful for the final three exhibition games in the Bay Area against the Giants. He isn't sure how long he'll be out, but he is a strong candidate for the disabled list.

"I feel a lot better than yesterday," Nakajima said. "It's only been a couple hours since it happened yesterday, so I can't tell."

The injury occurred in the 10th inning against the Indians on Tuesday while running from first to second base on a sacrifice bunt. He reached base with a single.

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A's manager Bob Melvin is holding out hope that Nakajima will recover quickly.

"Until he sees the doctors I won't make any predictions about when he'll play," Mevin said. "But he most likely won't play in the Giants series and it could be longer than that."

With Nakajima out of action, Jed Lowrie is the best option to be the A's Opening Day shortstop. Lowrie's goal entering camp was to win the shortstop job and he has done everything he can to earn the spot.

"I don't feel like I did anything that was out of character," Lowrie said. "I just continue to do the things that I know how to do, put in the work I needed to and just let my skill set and my approach to the game play out."

Lowrie is hitting .311 (14 for 45) with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI this spring. When he reported to camp he said he sees himself as an everyday shortstop that plays other positions as well.

If Nakajima does indeed hit the disabled list, he'll likely need to spend time rehabbing in the minor leagues before being ready for his big league debut.

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