Oakland A's MLN: Prospect Injury Update

The Oakland A's minor league affiliates announced their Opening Day rosters this weekend and there were a few notable names not included on the full-season rosters. A number of top prospects will be starting the season in extended spring training to work their way back from injury or gain some extra polish before heading out to an affiliate. We have an update on a few of the players at extended.

Two of the Oakland A's most promising young hurlers, Andrew Bailey and Craig Italiano, will be starting out their seasons a little late, as both work their way back from injury, according to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.

Bailey, who is coming off of an outstanding debut season in Vancouver, is working through injuries to his groin and to his oblique. He will continue to rehab and get work in at extended spring training and will likely join a full season club as soon as his arm is stretched out to pitch out of the starting rotation.

Italiano is finishing up his rehabilitation from right-shoulder surgery, which he had in June of last year. The hard throwing right-hander was a second round pick of the A's in 2005 and was one of the hardest throwers in the A's system before his surgery. Like Bailey, Italiano will compete in extended spring training until his arm strength is worked up enough to join a full season squad.

The A's top pick in 2006, Trevor Cahill, is also at extended spring training, but he isn't injured. The right-hander is getting some extra work in with the A's Arizona coaching staff before he joins an affiliate. He isn't expected to be in extended spring training all that long.

On the offensive-side of the ball, outfielder Shane Keough is working his way back from a back injury that kept him out of short-season play last year. Keough, who signed as a draft-and-follow pick just before the 2006 draft, was cleared for baseball activities shortly before the end of spring training and will work his way back into playing shape at extended spring training.

Outfielder Lorenzo Macias, a promising 2006 draft pick, has sustained an ACL injury and he is expected to miss significant time this season.

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