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A's lose more than a game in 9-4 loss to Angels

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) works against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics dealt with a double dose of injuries even before Sunday night's game against Los Angeles.

Derek Norris was the only catcher available, with Stephen Vogt limited to emergency duty and backup John Jaso headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list.

An MRI on closer Sean Doolittle showed a strained right intercostal, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Losing to the Angels 9-4, falling one game behind them in the AL West standings, may have been the least of Oakland's problems.

"It's several guys, key guys in a row with Jed (Lowrie) and (Nick) Punto," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's just something else we need to deal with."

Jaso, who missed most of last season with concussion-like symptoms, said the dizziness and fuzzy eyesight kept getting worst after he was hit in the mask by a foul ball two weeks ago.

"I've been kind of like muscling through the games, just powering through," Jaso said. "But the symptoms escalated a little bit these past few days and it got to the point where it was a little iffy if I could keep going back there behind the plate and catch."

Oakland made a trade with Texas to bring in catcher Geovany Soto, who has also been limited this year because of injuries. It also acquired minor league catcher Bryan Anderson from the Cincinnati Reds for international money.

"He's been a starting catcher before and he's a two-way guy," Melvin said of Soto. "He's not one you would say is a defensive specialist or just an offensive guy. He's able to do both. And based on the last couple years, going from an everyday role to non-everyday role, knows how to deal with that."

Dan Otero was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Doolittle's spot.


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