Burns may miss set with tight right hamstring

A's center fielder likely to be rested through Sunday

Burns may miss set with tight right hamstring

ARLINGTON -- A's speedster Billy Burns may miss the entirety of the Rangers series because of right hamstring tightness.

Burns, who was a late scratch from Friday's series-opening lineup, was held out again Saturday and is likely to be rested through Sunday's matinee finale ahead of a four-game road series against the White Sox.

"That's definitely a possibility," manager Bob Melvin said Saturday. "We'll see how he feels [Sunday]."

Sam Fuld got a start in center for a second straight day in place of the rookie Burns, who has been nursing the hamstring injury since Wednesday.

"He's getting there," Melvin said. "For him to actually realize he shouldn't play means he's hurt a little bit, because he's a really tough guy.

"He's played with quite a few minor injuries this year that haven't kept him out, so whenever you're dealing with a player whose legs are a big part of his game and you're talking about a hamstring, we want to make sure he's comfortable being able to run the bases, which is what he does very well."

Burns leads Major League rookies in stolen bases (26) and multihit games (43) despite spending the first month of the season at Triple-A Nashville.

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