Catcher Stephen Vogt was at home trying to rest Monday after being sent to the hospital after Sunday’s game when a foul tip caught him directly in the groin.
Vogt appeared to be in intense pain after the ball off the bat of Seattle’s Ketel Marte struck him. He fell to the ground, did a complete 360-degree role and gathered in a fetal position while the A’s medical crew rushed to help.
Vogt said in a text to this newspaper “I’m alright,’’ but there is no telling yet when he might be able to play again.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said that an ultrasound Sunday showed no rupture, but to be on the safe side a second ultrasound was scheduled for later Monday.
Josh Phegley takes over as the everyday catcher with rookie Carson Blair his backup. Melvin said the A’s likely wouldn’t call up another catcher unless there is an indication that Vogt will be out for an extended time. The manager said he would be comfortable giving Blair, who played the last two innings Sunday, a start.
–Scott Kazmir’s relationship with Sonny Gray progressed over the last two years from mentor-student to best buddies, and on Tuesday, they will start opposite each other. Kazmir, dealt to Houston at the trade deadline, makes his first start for the Astros in the Coliseum with Gray his opponent.
“It’s going to be fun. It is,’’ Kazmir said. “There’s going to be a lot of trash talking. With Sonny out there, he’s already been texting. Did he start it? I don’t know. Should I say he started it? No, it might have been me.
“It was more like he didn’t know whether he was going to pitch Monday or Tuesday. And in however many words, I was like, `I don’t think you want to pitch on Tuesday.’ ’’
Astros manager A.J. Hinch, like Melvin, doesn’t like to look past the game directly in front of him. In this case he made an exception.
“I expect a couple of things,’’ Hinch said of Kazmir. “He’s very familiar with this mound and with this team. It’ll be an experience for him pitching against his old team and against a very close friend in Sonny Gray. That’s going to have its own little subplot. Those guys are going to try to outdo each other. That’s always fun.’’
Melvin was impressed by the way the left-handed Kazmir bounded with Gray, who was starting his first full big league season when the A’s brought Kazmir aboard for the 2014 season.
“They have quite the relationship,’’ Melvin said. “The trash talking doesn’t surprise me. At the beginning it was kind of a mentorship, now it’s kind of a friendship. They’re very close.’’
–Josh Reddick was back in the lineup in right field. He said he was feeling “much better’’ after having stomach discomfort and dizziness the last two days.
–Sam Fuld said he still has some discomfort in his back, middle up on the left side, but it’s getting better and he might be able to play some this series against Houston. Melvin suggested Fuld, who has been taking some live swings, might not start until the A’s 10-game road trip starts Friday in Texas.
–Chris Bassitt hasn’t thrown yet since suffering some shoulder discomfort last month, but Melvin said “playing catch is the next step,’’ and Bassitt was walking around with a baseball in his glove, just waiting to get the word he’d been cleared.
–Barry Zito threw one last inning for Nashville Sunday, which surprised Melvin not at all, even though the lefty had been on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis. He came off the DL Sunday and threw a scoreless 1-2-3 inning. “He put together a great season this year, and he’s probably trying to keep his options together for next year,’’ Melvin said. “Getting back and pitching tells other clubs and us that he was able to come back and pitch and end the season healthy.’’ He finished 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA.
–The A’s will bring up two, maybe three, position players Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville’s season ending Monday. Outfielder Craig Gentry and first baseman/third baseman Max Muncy left mid-afternoon Monday from Omaha, where the Sounds were playing, to head to Oakland. It’s possible second baseman Joey Wendle also could get the call. Acquired in the Brandon Moss trade, Wendle hit .290 with nine homers and made the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. .