Eric Sogard’s left knee will require surgery next week, meaning his stay on the DL will be another 6-8 weeks.
Infielder Eric Sogard, who began the season on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort, will have his stay on the disabled list extended by perhaps two months by left knee surgery.
An MRI on the knee, which has periodically given Sogard trouble the last two seasons, wasn’t encouraging.
“They found some loose bodies in the knee near the patella tendon,’’ Sogard said Saturday morning. “And they have to take them out. I’ve played through the pain the last couple of years, but this is the time.
“You never want to be on the disabled list, ever, but I’m thinking that I’ll have the surgery and then maybe be back and have a good second half.’’
The veteran infielder left the A’s Saturday morning to get a second opinion, but as manager bob Melvin said, surgery “sounds like it’s going to happen.’’
Sogard said he’d been told to expect to miss between six and eight weeks, which would have him on target for a return sometime around the All-Star break in mid-July.
“It’s not what I’d hoped,’’ Sogard said, “but we’ll get it dealt with now and go from there.’’
This will be just Sogard’s second career appearance on the disabled list. He wound up there from Aug. 7 through the end of the season in 2012 with back trouble.
–Starter Henderson Alvarez will throw a bullpen session Sunday morning, after which he could be headed out on an injury rehabilitation assignment.
Alvarez, who says his arm “feels real good right now,’’ has thrown two successful simulated games facing hitters, his highest level of work since last July’s shoulder surgery when he was with the Marlins.
Melvin said Alvarez has been impressive throughout, and “if all goes well, he’ll be ready to go out on rehab.’’ The manager said the idea was that he’d be ready to join the A’s starting rotation in late May or early June.
“He’s right on the timetable our guys set out for him,’’ Melvin said.
–The Royals made sure to get Ryan Madson’s ring size when they were putting together a World Series ring for him. Even so, the A’s reliever is finding the ring, which he received Friday from Royals’ manager Ned Yost, a tad on the big side. “I thought I might wear it from time to time,’’ Madson said. “But it’s kind of loose and might fall off.’’ No matter, he said “it’s a beautiful thing.’’
–Friday Melvin said he didn’t want to move shortstop Marcus Semien out of the No. 9 position in the batting order. But Semien, who leads the team with four homers, had a single and a walk Friday, leads the club’s regulars with a .281 batting average, .378 on-base percentage and .656 slugging percentage, and Saturday he was batting second. “I still like him ninth,’’ Melvin said. “but he had a walk and a knock last night. And with Chris Coghlan out of the lineup, he was the best choice.’’ Coghlan, who has batted second three of the previous five games, is in an 0-for-19 skid.
–Coghlan isn’t the only struggling A’s hitter. First baseman Yonder Alonso is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and is sitting at 3-for-33 (.091) for the season. Even so, his defense has been a major plus and Melvin had Alonso in the lineup again Saturday. “He’s hit a few balls hard lately,’’ Melvin said. “We’ve got a few guys who are struggling.’’