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OAKLAND – A’s manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that outfielder Craig Gentry may not return at all this season from his concussion.
Melvin said it was his understanding that Gentry had another doctor’s visit Saturday, as he continues to have complications from the concussion suffered Sept. 9 on a collision at first base against the Chicago White Sox.
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“If you look at that hit, it was a pretty good hit,” Melvin said before Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. “And he's had a concussion before. He's still having a little bit of a tough time with it.”
Asked whether Gentry could miss the rest of the season, Melvin said: “With eight games left, there's always that possibility. Same thing obviously with (John) Jaso.”
Jaso went on the concussion disabled list Aug. 24 and has not returned, as he’s also experienced setbacks in his recovery. Like Gentry, Jaso also has had prior concussions in his past.
Gentry’s absence has left the A’s without one of their fastest players and best base-stealing threats. With him out, September call-up Billy Burns has assumed primary pinch-running duties.
With the A’s batting just .208 and averaging 2.73 runs over their past 22 games, Melvin is giving Stephen Vogt a look as his No. 2 hitter. Vogt is hitting second for the second consecutive game Sunday, against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
“You're either trying to get some continuity if you've won some games, or mix it up if you haven't,” Melvin said.