Rosales DL-bound with intercostal strain

With news of an injury to infield candidate Adam Rosales coming out Tuesday, the A’s roster is suddenly taking shape.

The versatile Rosales, out of options and in good position to grab a roster spot, will instead open the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain. It’s likely, then, that it will be a mix of Jed Lowrie, Scott Sizemore and Eric Sogard commandeering the middle infield come Opening Day.

Lowrie has been too good this spring — he carried a .310 average into Tuesday — to not be awarded an everyday role with the A’s, who will probably give shortstop Hiro Nakajima more at-bats in the Minors before introducing him to the big leagues.

That leaves the right-handed hitting Sizemore and left-handed Sogard to form what could be a nice platoon at second base, where Rosales was also fighting for playing time.

The 29-year-old Rosales, injured in Monday’s game, was batting .324 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 21 games this spring. This marks the second time in three years he will begin the season on the DL, having sat out the start of 2011 while recovering from a fractured right foot.

The recovery time for intercostal strains vary, but typically players require at least a month off before returning to game action.

Tuesday’s news bodes well for first baseman Nate Freiman, whose chances of making the team have grown now that Rosales — a backup option at first base — is out of the mix.

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