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A’s lose another catcher as Carson Blair needs knee surgery

Catcher Carson Blair needs surgery on his left medial menisicus and his season is over.

Catcher Carson Blair needs surgery on his left medial menisicus and his season is over.

Maybe there is something in the local water that negatively impacts Oakland catchers.

The A’s lost rookie catcher Carson Blair for the season Saturday, the club announcing that Blair needs season-ending surgery for a medial meniscus tear. Manager Bob Melvin said Blair felt some discomfort in his left knee in a start Thursday, played through it only to have an MRI Friday reveal the problem.

The A’s have already lost catcher Josh Phegley for a year to a concussion and Stephen Vogt is just back and healthy after missing the better part of three weeks after taking a vicious foul tip off his groin.

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ALDS Game 5 pressure on shoulders of Oakland organization given its history, not the A’s players

The A’s have been very good at deflecting pressure, putting one foot in front of the other and moving on a very orderly path through the 2013 season.

Does all that change now, with the season down to one game?

They won’t want to admit it, but yes it does.

Just not so much for the players. Most of them went through the disappointment of losing in Game 5 of the 2012 playoffs to Detroit and Justin Verlander, and they know the obstacle the Tigers are.

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