MESA, Ariz. -- A's catcher Stephen Vogt, rehabbing his surgically-repaired right foot, faced his final hurdle Friday morning and passed it with flying colors, running the bases pain-free to be cleared for game action.
"No pain. No discomfort. Fast," said Vogt, smiling. "It felt really good. It's a good day for me.
"That was kind of the final test before I was able to even be thought about for games. I'm not sure when the first game will be, but this was the final step. We've been talking about this day since I got to Arizona."
The plan is for Vogt to get some at-bats at designated hitter before getting back behind the plate, but even the thought of that excites him. There's no doubt in his mind he'll be catching on an everyday basis by Opening Day.
"I'm just looking forward to getting into real games and eventually getting back there to catch again," he said. "Everyone here has done such a great job of getting me to this point as quick as they did."
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