Oakland A's MLN: Injury Updates

The injury bug has been a constant for the Oakland A's system over the past few years, so when Carlos Gonzalez left Monday night's game with an injury, many A's fans held their collective breath. We have good news on Carlos, as well as an update on the health of a few other promising A's farmhands inside...

Carlos Gonzalez: When Gonzalez left in the 9th inning of the Sacramento River Cats game after hitting a foul ball on Monday, many fans feared the worst for the A's top position prospect. Fortunately, it appears that the injury is a minor one. According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Gonzalez suffered a bruised hand on the swing and should be fine.

Aaron Cunningham: The news is also good for Cunningham, who came over to the A's along with Gonzalez in the Dan Haren deal. Cunningham broke his wrist during spring training. He is out of the cast and has been playing defense at extended spring training. According to Lieppman, Cunningham is scheduled to start hitting at extended spring training next week.

Kevin Bunch: The news is not as good for Bunch, who has been plagued by injuries since being selected out of high school in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. Bunch is struggling with a hip injury and may not play this season. He missed all of last year, as well.

Chad Lee: Lee is making slow progress in his recovery from right shoulder problems. The A's 2006 4th round pick missed all of last season with the shoulder injury. Lee is throwing at about 75 percent right now, accoring to Lieppman.

Shane Komine: Komine is making progress is building up the strength in his shoulder. The right-hander is rehabbing tears in his rotator cuff and labrum. According to Lieppman, Komine is throwing at extended spring and the A's are waiting until his velocity returns to normal before sending him to an affiliate.


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