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Doolittle will go 'full lefty reliever,' wear glasses on mound

Doolittle will go 'full lefty reliever,' wear glasses on mound

MESA, Ariz. — After a spring training eye exam showed his vision had worsened, A’s reliever Sean Doolittle plans to start the season wearing prescription eyeglasses when he takes the mound.

“I’m going full ‘lefty reliever,’” Doolittle joked. “I had the beard, now I’m wearing glasses. Just full lefty reliever.”

Doolittle got his glasses Tuesday and wore them while pitching in a minor league game Wednesday, reporting no problems. He didn’t want to experiment with contact lenses in the dry Arizona air, though he might try contacts at some point.

The glasses he’ll wear for games are a pair of clear, rectangular-shaped Oakleys with black trim. They have rubber gripping on the sides and bridge of the nose so they won’t fall off. Doolittle showed off a second pair of glasses that he’s wearing away from the field. Those ones are rounder, a bit more scholarly looking.

He’ll debut the new eye wear in a Cactus League game Saturday, when he’s slated to pitch in a split-squad home game against Cincinnati.

Players get their vision checked when they get their physical at the start of spring training.

“I bombed the eye chart,” Doolittle admitted.

He’s got 20/25 vision in his left eye, 20/40 in the right. Doolittle said he noticed he was squinting while driving at night, and wearing glasses seems to have literally opened up a new world to him.

“Looking around now at the mountains, oh my gosh, they’re really nice,” he said with a straight face. “I can see everything in more detail. It’s like going from Standard Def to 4K.”

And the lefty notices another benefit of wearing glasses.

“It’s been great with March Madness,” Doolittle said. “I don’t have to get up and walk over to the TV to see the score.”

Khris Davis to go on 10-day IL after leaving A's 5-3 win over Indians

Khris Davis to go on 10-day IL after leaving A's 5-3 win over Indians

A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed that designated hitter Khris Davis will go on the 10-day injured list as he continues to recover from a left hip contusion.

"He's even resigned himself that he probably needs to take the full 10 days off," Melvin told reporters after Tuesday's 5-3 win in Cleveland. "His swings today in batting practice felt a little better, but once he got into the game, it was no better."

Davis suffered the injury more than two weeks ago in Pittsburgh when he collided with the left field side wall making a catch.

The 31-year-old has been in and out of the A's lineup since then, but clearly has been bothered at the plate. Davis exited Tuesday's game after just one at-bat, following a couple of tentative swings and a weak grounder to shortstop.

"He was finding a way to get some hits, but today, it just got to the point where it's not getting any better at all," Melvin said. "So we have to give him a little bit of a rest and get him back when he's 100 percent. He's a power hitter. He needs his lower half. he creates a lot of torque. That's where his power comes from."

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Davis told reporters that he felt like it might be more of an oblique issue than his hip. He will get an MRI on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Mark Canha and Chad Pinder figure to get more playing time in Davis' absence. Canha pinch-hit for Davis in the third inning on Tuesday and blasted a two-run home run off Trevor Bauer, his sixth of the year.

Pinder has hit two home runs in his last three games and has five for the season, along with a .270/.311/.459 slash line.

The A's have not announced a corresponding move to replace Davis on the active roster, but they will likely either activate outfielder Nick Martini from the IL or call up Skye Bolt or Jorge Mateo from Triple-A Las Vegas. Martini has missed the first 49 games of the season with a sprained knee, but is currently in Las Vegas on a rehab assignment.

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Bolt made his big league debut earlier this season, going 1-for-4 with a double in three games with the A's. He is slashing .319/.388/.586 in Triple-A.

Mateo is off to a hot start in Triple-A as well, slashing .321/.362/.567. The 23-year-old has notched six home runs, 37 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
 

Khris Davis still feeling effects of hip injury, leaves game vs. Indians

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Khris Davis still feeling effects of hip injury, leaves game vs. Indians

After missing Monday's game with lingering hip discomfort, Khris Davis only lasted one at-bat on Tuesday.

The A's designated hitter noticeably grimaced on a foul ball in the second inning and then grounded out weakly to shortstop on a tentative swing.

Davis suffered a left hip contusion more than two weeks ago in Pittsburgh when he collided with the left field side wall while making a catch.

Davis has been in and out of the lineup since suffering the injury. Both he and A's manager Bob Melvin have said they don't expect him to need a stint on the 10-day injured list, but clearly, he isn't right at the plate.

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With a day off Thursday, Davis seems unlikely to play in Wednesday's series finale, and it remains to be seen if he'll be back on Friday when Oakland opens a nine-game homestand.

There was a silver lining for the A's in Tuesday's game, as Mark Canha hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in Davis' place in the third inning.