Canha went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and walk in Sunday's 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Angels.
Canha brought home Eric Young, Jr. and Alejandro De Aza in the third with a double to left, drawing the A's even with the Angels at 1-1 at the time. The right fielder, who'll platoon with offseason acquisition Matt Joyce this season, hit out of the two-hole Sunday and has looked strong this spring after missing the majority of 2016 with a hip injury.
Canha, who missed the majority of last season due to hip surgery, has earned strong praise from manager Bob Melvin for his performance in early workouts, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "He worked hard in the offseason. His swing looks good," Melvin said. "He looks like he's in great shape and I think he's out to prove a serious point this year - that he can be a very productive guy at the big league level, as we've seen before."
The 28-year-old saw only 44 plate appearances in 2016 before his injury, which prevented him from building on a solid rookie campaign the season prior. Canha, who's slated to platoon with newcomer Matt Joyce in right field this season, will draw the start in left field and hit cleanup in Saturday's Cactus League opener versus the Cubs.
He underwent hip surgery in May and missed the rest of the season, but his recovery has gone well and he said Friday that he feels great. While Canha is right-handed, he boasts reverse platoon splits, so it is unclear exactly how the A's will use him in 2017 as Yonder Alonso figures to start at first base against righties in a platoon with Ryon Healy.
Hip surgery ended Canha's season in May. This news, however, indicates that he is on pace for a return come spring training next season, when his ability to play both the outfield and first base should allow him to contend for a roster spot in Oakland once again.
Canha (hip) underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair an impingement and torn labrum, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Wednesday's surgery will officially put an end to Canha's 2016 campaign after being diagnosed with hip issues in mid-May. In his absence, Yonder Alonso figures to see a good portion of the starts at first base, but the likes of Stephen Vogt, Matt McBride, and Billy Butler will also factor into the equation for the rest of the season.
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