The Oakland Athletics were preparing to make a hard decision regarding their Opening Day roster, particularly in regards to infield depth. But the decision became a bit clearer on Tuesday, when the team placed utility man Adam Rosales on the 15-day D.L. with a strained left intercostal muscle.
Rosales hurt himself during Monday’s Spring Training game, one day after the team sent Jemile Weeks (who was also in the running for the Opening Night roster) to Triple-A Sacramento after he had an inconsistent spring of his own.
That leaves newcomers Jed Lowrie and Hiroyuki Nakajima–who coincidentally left Tuesday’s game with his own injury but is listed as day-to-day–as well as spring standouts Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore vying for the team’s final roster spots.
A’s writer John Shea reported that the team was considering starting Nakajima, who was signed a few months ago to a 2-year deal, in Sacramento while he continues to fine-tune his offensive approach. That would leave Lowrie as the team’s starting shortstop and the tandem of Sizemore and Sogard in a platoon situation.
You never want to think of injuries as a ‘helpful’ development to a team, but in this particular case, it seems to be making the team’s decisions – which last week seemed like a daunting task, paring down six players for maybe three or four spots on the MLB roster.
Rosales was doing well for himself in Arizona, hitting .324 with three home runs and nine RBIs, but now he’ll have to wait a bit before trying to continue that success in the regular season.