Athletics

Laureano kept message simple in spectacular return from IL

Athletics

It was music to Athletics fans' ears as Ramón Laureano was activated off the Injured List on Wednesday after being sidelined for groin tightness. 

The music grew louder as he robbed a home run and hit one himself in the span of about five minutes during his first game back in the A's 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels to complete the sweep.

Typical Laureano. 

His stellar catch robbed Angels’ Juan Lagares of a home run in the top of the fourth inning, and all starter Cole Irvin could do was tip his cap to him.

The home run that followed in the bottom of the fourth put the A’s on the board, and it was all in a day’s work for the center fielder.

It was Laureano’s only hit of the game, but he made it count. 

Following the victory, Laureano said it felt great to be back after three weeks. 

“It feels good, feels normal,” Laureano told NBC Sports California’s Dallas Braden following the win. “It was hard watching games from the dugout and at home. I’m back and just happy to contribute.”

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Laureano told reporters after the game the three weeks off didn’t bother him too much in terms of being rusty. He was going to be productive either way in his return.

“I just wanted to play and at the end of the day, with the adrenaline the fans bring, you don’t really think about it when I’m out there -- just kind of get a good at-bat and a quality pitch and just go after it,” Laureano said. “Hey, it was a good game overall. We won.”