Today, word came from CSN Bay Area insider Casey Pratt that one of the other key players vying for a starting infield spot, Hiroyuki Nakajima, may miss this weekend’s exhibition games against the San Francisco Giants, having tweaked his left hamstring during yesterday’s game with the Cleveland Indians.
Through his interpreter, Nakajima said this morning that he felt “a lot better than yesterday”, but A’s manager Bob Melvin isn’t ruling out the possibility that Nakajima may begin the regular season on the disabled list himself. As of this posting, there hadn’t yet been reports of Nakajima meeting with a doctor to assess the situation regarding his injury.
He’d been having a rough few weeks as an MLB player, hitting .167 and only picking up seven base hits in 42 ABs – but, it must be mentioned, transitioning over to life in the United States after years in Japan is always a challenge for players that experience such a harsh change. Despite his struggles, over the past few days Nakajima had said he was happy with his progress, both offensively and defensively.
With the recent setbacks to Nakajima, Rosales and Weeks, it now appears much more likely that the A’s will break camp with Jed Lowrie as their starting shortstop and the trio of Eric Sogard, Scott Sizemore and/or Andy Parrino rotating around second base – but again, official decisions have yet to be made.