A's plan to ease Vogt into spring games
Catcher coming back from October foot surgery
MESA, Ariz. -- The A's will be cautious with Stephen Vogt this spring, keeping him out of games in the early going, but the catcher is "absolutely" expected to be behind the plate on Opening Day, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Vogt caught two bullpen sessions during the first official workout for pitchers and catchers at the newly renovated Fitch Park on Friday, and he will continue to partake in most nearly every catching activity this spring. However, the 31-year-old, who underwent right foot surgery in October to repair a plantar plate tear, will be eased into Cactus League games.
"He's not 100 percent yet," Melvin said. "It'll be a day-to-day proposition with him."
That might mean a start at designated hitter here and there, or more trips over to Fitch Park for some at-bats in a Minor League game, allowing for a controlled environment. Moreover, in an effort to keep him off his feet as much as possible, Melvin doesn't foresee playing him at his other positions, first base and the outfield.
"I'm going to stay away from that right now," he said. "Once we get into the season and we feel like he's fully healthy, he's shown in the past that if I have to move around some pieces in the middle of the game, he's willing to go anywhere, and he's able to do it."