Valencia day to day due to strained hamstring

A's third baseman injured trying to score in fourth inning of win vs. Yanks

April 21st, 2016

NEW YORK -- A's third baseman Danny Valencia exited Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium in the fourth inning with a left hamstring strain and is considered day to day.

"We'll see tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said after the A's 5-2 win. "Just not sure, though we always have a better indication the next day. He won't play tomorrow, but hopefully it's not a DL thing."

Valencia appeared to be shaken up on a play at the plate that concluded the top half of the frame, when he was called out on a spectacular 105.5-mph throw from left fielder Aaron Hicks for the back end of an inning-ending double play.

Melvin said the injury occurred not when Valencia was running home, but when he popped up from the plate.

By removing Valencia from the game, shifting Chris Coghlan from second to third base and opting to transition Jed Lowrie from designated hitter to second, Melvin lost his DH.

Leading, 3-1, at the time, Melvin said he would've chosen to play Mark Canha at third base and keep the DH intact only if the A's were behind.

"But when we're ahead and we have a ground-ball pitcher on the mound, we're gonna go ahead and stick with our best defense," Melvin said.

That pitcher, Kendall Graveman, found himself batting in Valencia's No. 4 spot in the batting order in the fifth inning as a result. With a runner on second and two outs, the Yankees intentionally walked Josh Reddick to get to Graveman. Facing Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi, Graveman took a strike, fouled off the second pitch he saw and swung through the third to end the frame.

"I didn't show up to the park thinking I was going to get an at-bat," said Graveman, who was the first starting pitcher to bat at the current Yankee Stadium. "You realize that they [lost] the DH and you want to get deep in the ballgame, so to get an at-bat there was big because it means I was still in the game.

"It's one of those things, you're just trying to hit a fastball. … Maybe I had too heavy of a bat. [Josh] Phegley handed me his bat. Maybe I should've used [Billy] Burns'."