After Stephen Vogt underwent elbow surgery prior to the start of the 2016 season, Josh Phegley was expected to carry a heavier load early on. Unfortunately, a decrease in power and health ended up limiting the 28-year-old to just 78 at-bats over the course of the season. During the times he was able to play, his slugging percentage and performance against left-handers endured precipitous drops from the previous season. He only put up a .658 OPS against southpaws (as compared to his .709 OPS versus right-handers). His season was then cut short when he suffered a setback while recovering from July surgery to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from his right knee. His past numbers should carry some weight as he fights for a roster spot during spring training. Vogt appears poised to see a good deal of starts at DH while Bruce Maxwell may have passed Phegley on the organizational depth chart at catcher. It is possible, however, that the A's will keep three catchers out of spring training, given Vogt's likely deployment at DH.
Phegley, who notched his second RBI with a run-scoring single in Tuesday's Cactus League loss to the Rockies, is slashing just .214/.200/.286 over 14 at-bats this spring. The reserve catcher has just three hits in 14 at-bats thus far, including a double, along with two runs. Phegley has also whiffed six times, so contact has certainly been a problem in the early going. The 29-year-old lost 10 pounds over the offseason and appears fully recovered from the knee synovitis that curtailed his 2016 campaign. However, he figures to see modest playing time once again in the short side of a platoon with Stephen Vogt in 2017, likely seeing the bulk of his playing time against southpaws.
Phegley (knee) is a full go for spring training and reported to camp about 10 pounds lighter, CSN California's Joe Stiglich reports. There will be no restrictions on Oakland's No. 2 catcher heading into the spring after a knee injury cost him the final three months of the 2016 regular season. Phegley's career .211/.246/.348 slash line against righties should limit him to the short side of a platoon this season.
The A's hope Phegley (knee) will be ready to go for the start of spring training, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports. He injured his knee in early July and missed the final three months of the regular season. Phegley figures to open the year occupying the short side of a platoon at catcher if healthy, with Stephen Vogt getting the starts against righties.
Phegley (snyovitis in right knee) is likely to be released from the hospital Tuesday but is unlikely to play again in 2016. Synovitis is a term for inflammation in a membrane that lines joints like those in the knee. Phegley underwent surgery on the knee back in July, and this setback effectively sends him back to square one. As such, particularly with the lack of minor league rehab games in September, it's hard to imagine him suiting up again this season.
Phegley (knee) suffered a setback and won't start Saturday's rehab game, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. More information regarding when Phegley will begin his rehab assignment should be known in the near future after the severity of his setback is revealed. In the meantime, Stephen Vogt will continue to be Oakland's primary starter behind the plate.