After waiting a long time for his fractured right foot to heal, Adam Rosales finally received the go-ahead to begin playing baseball again.
The A's utility infielder went on the disabled list last Aug. 13 with the injury, which eventually required surgery in December. He was still on crutches during spring training.
Rosales will play in an extended spring training game in Arizona on Friday, which also is his 28th birthday. He told the San Francisco Chronicle he expects that he will need at last two or three weeks in order to be ready to return to Oakland. It's possible it will be even longer -- manager Bob Geren told reporters Wednesday that this essentially will be like spring training for Rosales.
When Rosales is ready to return, backup infielder Andy LaRoche is the most likely player to come off Oakland's roster. LaRoche has played every infield position, but he is not as experienced a shortstop as is Rosales.
LaRoche also has tailed off after a strong start, going 2 for his past 27 to drop his average to a season-low .235.
LaRoche entered Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Minnesota as a defensive replacement in the 10th inning. He didn't get a plate appearance.
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