Athletics In Temporary Shambles

Oakland Athletics outfielder Bobby Kielty, who injured his left knee during a rundown drill on Sunday, needs arthroscopic surgery and will be out for three to six weeks.

Kielty agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract in late January to avoid arbitration with the A's and play as the primary backup outfielder again for the club. Last season, he batted .270 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 81 games for the AL West champions.

Eye-candy center fielder Mark Kotsay is also out with a stiff back, one that haunted him several times last season. Milton Bradley will start center in his place for Oakland's first two Cactus League games, beginning with Thursday's exhibition opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez, who nursed tendinitis in his elbows and forearms for most of last season, also will sit for Thursday's game and is set to play for the first time Friday, also against the Brewers.

Former rookie of the year Bobby Crosby, who's been out since late August with a back injury, hasn't been slated to play yet, either and is still waiting to face live pitching.

[San Francisco Chronicle]


Anonymous said...

Question: When are the A's not in shambles?

Lizzy said...

All the As are so hot...any of them, any time...