Shortstop Addison Russell, the Oakland A’s top prospect, left Monday’s exhibition with a strained right hamstring that he suffered while running out a ground ball.
The injury occurred in the eighth inning of an 8-8 tie against the Los Angeles Doders, and A’s manager Bob Melvin didn’t immediately know the severity of it. But Russell was taken from the field on a cart after the game so he didn’t have to make the long walk from the field to the bus outside Camelback Ranch ballpark in Glendale.
The 20-year-old Russell generally is regarded as one of the top 10 prospects in the majors, and he’s the A’s most highly touted prospect in a number of years. Russell is not expected to make the big league club out of camp, but team officials will keep their fingers crossed that his injury doesn’t carry into the regular season.
He is most likely ticketed for Double-A Midland to begin the season.
Russell was 1 for 2 with a double and two runs Monday before his injury. For the spring, he’s hitting .280 (7 for 25) with no homers and three RBI in 12 games.