OAKLAND — Catcher Josh Phegley was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a recurrence of pain in his right knee, and A’s manager Bob Melvin acknowledged that surgery is under consideration.
Phegley received a cortisone shot early in his first DL stint, which ran from May 10-26. On Saturday morning, to his surprise, Phegley woke up with discomfort in the knee similar to what he felt during that first stretch on the injured list. He’s undergone an MRI this weekend, and though Melvin didn’t share the specifics of what was found, he said the A’s training and medical staff is still mulling how to proceed with Phegley.
Asked if surgery is under consideration, Melvin said: “There’s potential for it.”
“We thought we were past it,” the manager added. “He got a cortisone injection. At some point in time, that kind of dissipates. It’s still an issue for him.”
Matt McBride was called up from Triple-A Nashville for his third stint with Oakland this season, and the right-handed hitting McBride is in Sunday’s lineup against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano. McBride is very familiar with A’s starter Daniel Mengden, having caught him during Mengden’s time with Nashville. McBride didn’t arrive to the Coliseum until roughly an hour before first pitch.
The hole in the right field wall that took away a potential RBI double for Josh Reddick on Saturday night has been covered with a flap, according to David Rinetti, the A’s director of stadium operations. The hole in the wall was to accommodate a wheel that allows that part of the outfield fence to open up, and it’s been there since the Coliseum was renovated in 1996.