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Valencia sidelined with hamstring soreness

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OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia was held out of the A's lineup before Saturday night's 5-4 loss to the Rays with lower right hamstring soreness and could miss several games.

Valencia had an MRI on Saturday afternoon and was expected to have a doctor review it Sunday, at which point the A's will be able to determine the severity of his injury.

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OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia was held out of the A's lineup before Saturday night's 5-4 loss to the Rays with lower right hamstring soreness and could miss several games.

Valencia had an MRI on Saturday afternoon and was expected to have a doctor review it Sunday, at which point the A's will be able to determine the severity of his injury.

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"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "but it was sore enough for him today to where we didn't feel it was a good idea to play him."

Valencia's absence led Melvin to play Josh Phegley behind the plate despite a right-hander starting for Tampa Bay. Stephen Vogt, originally slated to catch, started at designated hitter in place of Valencia, who has gone 5-for-32 over his last seven games after hitting .391 in his first six with the A's.

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