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Stephen Vogt came out of foot surgery well, and now the A’s catcher/first baseman can focus on a rehab that he says should have him 100 percent by spring training.
Vogt had the plantar plate repaired in his right foot Tuesday, where “they repair the connection between your toe and the foot,” in Vogt’s words. He said the expected recovery period is eight weeks, meaning he’s hoping to be able to begin his regular workouts around mid-December.
He also had scar tissue cleaned out of the foot, and he should be ready to resume catching once spring camp opens in February. The pain in Vogt’s foot kept him from getting behind the plate over the season’s final three months, as he was limited to first base and designated hitter duties from early July through the end of the season.
“The goal all along is for me to be a catcher,” Vogt said.
And he hopes that in 2015 he’s working with the same hitting coach. Vogt has kept tabs on the news regarding the possible departure of A’s hitting coach Chili Davis, who is interviewing with the New York Yankees for the same position and has been linked to other teams as well.
“I wish him nothing but the best,” Vogt said. “But selfishly, I hope he stays.”
Vogt’s teammate, first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right hip Tuesday.