OAKLAND -– Stephen Vogt was resting at home Monday after taking a foul tip in the groin area that forced him from Sunday’s game, and there’s no timetable yet for when the A’s catcher will return to the lineup.
Vogt had an ultrasound that showed no ruptures, manager Bob Melvin said. But Vogt did have significant swelling, and because of that, he is set to undergo a second ultra sound.
“He’s resting as comfortably as you could rest at this point,” Melvin said before the A’s series-opening matinee against Houston. “We’ll have a better idea in the coming days when he’ll be available again.”
That means Josh Phegley becomes the regular catcher, and Carson Blair the backup. Melvin said he would even consider giving a start to Blair, who entered in the eighth inning against Seattle on Sunday in his major league debut.
“Usually with a guy like that, you’re most concerned with catching and throwing and receiving and that part,” Melvin said. “We saw enough in spring training to be very comfortable with that end of it. And at points this year he’s swung the bat very well too.”
Melvin said the A’s wouldn’t consider promoting another catcher from the minors until they had a better read on how long Vogt would be out.
For those curious, Vogt was wearing a protective cup when he was struck Sunday.
Outfielder Sam Fuld said he continues to progress from the back spasms that have limited him to just one appearance over the A’s last 11 games. Fuld is doing full hitting activity, but running and throwing still bother him the most. Melvin said Fuld would be available in some capacity during the Astros series but probably wouldn’t be in line for a start until sometime during the upcoming road trip that begins Friday.
Right-hander Chris Bassitt, recovering from a sore shoulder, is doing plyometric exercises but still has not resumed throwing.