Rosales still awaiting green light for baseball activity
A May return seems unlikely for utility player Adam Rosales, who confirmed on Sunday afternoon that he still hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activity and likely won’t be for at least another four weeks.
That’s when Rosales is next scheduled to see his doctor, who told the infielder last week that his right foot has recovered at 90 percent. Rosales was hoping he’d be at 100 percent by then but bones around his surgically-repaired navicular bone are still gaining strength.
“It’s frustrating,” Rosales said, “because I really want to be out there.”
The 27-year-old Rosales underwent surgery on Dec. 8, and he was initially expecting to face a recovery time of three to four months. Now, June seems the likely goal.
Before the onset of his injury, which initially crept up in August, Rosales was batting .271 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs in 80 games and was the first A’s player since 1995 to start at least one game at six positions.
In his stead, Andy LaRoche has fulfilled the utility role, making starts in nine games at four different positions, including three at third base, where manager Bob Geren noted he wants to give LaRoche an “extended look” while regular Kevin Kouzmanoff continues to find an offensive and defensive groove.
Braden update: Unfortunately, there really isn’t one. Braden was scheduled to see the team orthopedist on Sunday for shoulder stiffness, but an A’s official said after Sunday’s game that results would not be available today.
Postgame quick hits: Trevor Cahill has now struck out seven or more in three of his four starts this season. … Andy LaRoche committed Oakland’s 18th error of the season in Sunday’s game, which is the most in the Majors. … The A’s are 5-1 in day games and 3-7 at night. Last year, they were 35-21 under the sun and 46-60 at night.