A’s await MRI results on Sizemore

As the A’s await MRI results on Scott Sizemore, who was scheduled to undergo tests on his left knee today around 9:30 a.m. MST, speculation continues on how the club will handle third base in his absence. In no way is anyone already ruling out Sizemore for an extended period of time, but even if the injury proves minor, he’d likely still miss a couple weeks at the very least, and the A’s are under the gun here in Spring Training as they try to prepare for their regular-season games in Japan on March 28 and 29.

For now, Melvin plans to strictly play Josh Donaldson at third base, while Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Wes Timmons will see time all over the infield. Rosales and Sogard, he says, “are invaluable” to the team as utility guys and, though Timmons is a natural third baseman, he’s going to have to be flexible based on need. It’s obvious the A’s have plenty outfielders to work with this spring (13 are in camp!), but their depth in the infield isn’t nearly as abundant.

Melvin likes the power potential Donaldson brings to third base and has already been impressed with his defensive work, which was helped along this winter when Donaldson assumed full-time third-base duties in the Dominican.

“So far so good,” Melvin said. “Everybody likes his actions. He worked double-time yesterday and was out there early working today. You can tell he’s got a little different pep in his step right now. Guys sense an opportunity, and I like to see that.”

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