The Oakland A’s are undefeated through three Cactus League games this spring, but more importantly they made it through Sunday’s affair without adding any new injuries. We took our last look around the trainer’s room on Saturday, so here’s an update. The bottom line remains that none of these problems are serious, just minor bumps and bruises and a lot of completely normal early-spring caution.
The hitting prospect is on the roster bubble this spring, and he was off to a good start before pulling his hammy Saturday in just the team’s second game. On Sunday morning, he was declared out for at least a week, via insider Jane Lee, with an emphasis on the “at least” (full story: Susan Slusser, S.F. Chronicle). He felt a bit better Monday (via Slusser), but there’s still no timetable for his return (via Martin Gallegos, East Bay Times).
The speedster is Oakland’s third-best prospect according to our Community Prospect List, but he began the spring with a sore knee left over from a winter sprain. He’s working his way back (via Julian McWilliams, The Athletic), and he could be playing games again this week (via Gallegos).
Ryan Dull and Daniel Gossett
Dull made his spring debut on Saturday and got knocked around, with a pair of runs on two hits, a walk, and a HBP. The next day it was announced that his next outing would be pushed back due to “a little shoulder issue” (via Slusser).
Meanwhile, Gossett was scratched from his own debut start on Sunday due to back tightness. Instead he threw some long toss and is expected to get into a game within a week or so (via Slusser).
The A’s top outfield prospect played on Sunday for the first time since his major knee injury last June. At one point he fouled a ball off his repaired knee, but with no ill effects (via Slusser). The next morning he felt great: “Zero issue with knee at all” (via Slusser).
A’s outfielder Dustin Fowler on when he thinks he’ll be ready to play every day pic.twitter.com/bjEVr4d6J8— Martin Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) February 26, 2018
Finally, the big fish. He’s sitting out the beginning of the spring after a lingering bone bruise in his hand required a cortisone shot. However, Slusser reports that he’s “doing better” and “will start hitting again in a few days.”
Also this ball
Smolinski just hit one out of the park. Literally.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) February 25, 2018