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Rosales injury clears up some A’s second base issues

The A’s second base jumble became a little bit less jumbled Tuesday with the announcement that Adam Rosales was heading to the disabled list.

At a minimum, Rosales will be lost for the first seven games of the season, leaving Scott Sizemore, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard to duke it out for the second base job.

    All three could wind up as at least part-time starters if the current trend continues. Lowrie moves ahead of still-slumping Hiroyuki Nakajima as the shortstop. That would leave the left-handed Sogard and the right-handed Sizemore in a possible platoon at second base.

Lowrie came into Tuesday with a .310 average. Sogard was at .512 and Sizemore at just .244, but he had a four-hit game Monday, the same game in which Rosales was hurt.

Rosales hitting .324 with three homers and nine RBIs in 21 games, and thanks to eight walks, he had a spectacular .468 on-base percentage. This is his third career trip to the disabled list.

He started the 2011 season on the disabled list with a foot injury.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.