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How will Shortstop Adam Rosales’ Injury Affect Oakland Athletics?

How will Shortstop Adam Rosales’s Injury Affect Oakland Athletics

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics utility infielder Adam Rosales suffered a left intercostal strain that will not allow him to suit up until April 11 at the very earliest. Even though Rosales is not a projected starter, there is no question that his absence will affect the team.

Rosales will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list after he twisted his body weird during a game a couple days ago. The muscles that he strained around the rib cage will certainly take some time to heal, as baseball players are constantly moving their midsection.

The 29-year old has been very productive in Spring Training, as has proven to be a critical part to the team’s success. The right-handed batter posted a .324 batting average with three home runs, nine RBIs and two doubles in 37 at-bats. As good as Rosales has been at the plate this spring, he is even more valuable in the field for the Athletics.

Rosales lined up at several different positions during camp, including second base (22 innings), third base (32 innings), shortstop (36 innings) and left field (seven innings). He committed only one error (third base) in all of this time spent in the field, which proves he is a necessity in case anyone goes down with an injury.

“This was the first spring in a while that he’s been 100 percent healthy, and he’s been such a versatile player for us,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Athletics.com. “He’s a plus defender wherever [he plays] and he had a great spring swinging the bat. It’s not only disappointing for him, but it’s disappointing for [the team] because he’s been sort of a hole-plugger for us.”

The good news is Rosales’ injury is not that serious. Oakland should be able to survive without him for the next few weeks as long as no more injuries occur in the infield.

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