Stephen Vogt has sore feet, but the A’s catcher isn’t complaining.
He spent 9½ weeks in a boot following surgery on his right foot Oct. 14, and the soreness is just a matter of getting acclimated to not having his foot encased in a boot for all that time.
His surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Jung, cleared him to start running last week and Vogt says he expects to be good to go when spring training starts in Mesa, Ariz. in a month’s time.
“There is soreness, but there is no pain, so that’s a huge improvement for me,’’ Vogt said. “I played in pain for the last three months of the year, and that’s gone. So even with the soreness, I’m feeling good physically.
“I’m using muscles I haven’t used in three months, and that’s where the soreness comes from. I played in pain the last three months of the season, and this isn’t that.’’
Vogt, who wasn’t able to catch the final 70 days of the season by a right foot injury, was part of the A’s three-man catching corps along with Derek Norris and John Jaso early last year before the injury limited him to be a first baseman and pinch-hitter after the All-Star break.
The lineup he’ll return to doesn’t have either Norris, traded to San Diego, or Jaso, traded to Tampa Bay. The catching corps sets up with the left-handed Vogt and right-hander Josh Phegley, acquired from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade.
“In losing Norris and Jaso, those are two friends of mine,’’ Vogt said. “We all fed off each other. So it will affect the team. On a personal level, I’m excited to get a chance to catch.’’
Vogt will head to Arizona in about two weeks and said “I can’t wait to get going again.’’