Rosales hits 15-day DL, opens up a spot

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Rosales hits 15-day DL, opens up a spot
March 26, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Adam Rosales was hitting .324 with three home runs and eight RBI before a strained left intercostal sent him to the disabled list. (AP)

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Infielder Adam Rosales has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal, a muscle in the ribcage. Rosales, 29, left the game on Monday against the Brewers in the fourth inning and was replaced by minor leaguer Dusty Coleman. The injury occurred after Rosales threw home on a delayed steal by the Brewers. After making the throw he hunched over in frustration. 

Rosales is expected to be a super utility player for the A's this season. He was hitting .324 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring.

"It's too bad too for a guy that is finally healthy again and putting together good at-bats," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's a tough one to lose at this point. Hopefully he's healthy as soon as he can be and back in the swing of things." 

With Rosales off the 25-man roster for now, it could ensure that both Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore make the team. Sogard can slide into Rosales' utility role and potentially platoon at second base with Sizemore.

Rosales was one of the few players that can back up first base, so his absence could also increase the likelihood of first baseman Nate Freiman making the 25-man roster. For both Sogard and Freiman to make it, Hiro Nakajima would have to start the season in Triple-A or on the disabled list.

[PRATT: Nakajima suffers left hamstring strain]

With five starting pitchers, seven relievers and two catchers, the A's have six infield spots to go around. Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson, and Jed Lowrie are locks to make the 25-man. That leaves three spots for either Sizemore, Sogard, Nakajima, Freiman, or Andy Parrino.

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