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Fuld is expected to be out at least three weeks with a moderate shoulder sprain, precluding him from the Opening Day mix.
"With a healthy Coco [Crisp] and Billy [Burns], we feel like we're covered there, but with Sam not there, you're one injury away from potentially needing someone else to play the position," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
The ultra-versatile Chris Coghlan is also an option in center, though on Wednesday he was playing third base, a position he's manned just 11 times in 666 career games.
Canha split most of his time between left field and first base last year. The A's have since added left fielder Khris Davis and first baseman Yonder Alonso to the roster, leaving Canha to bounce around the field, and that's fine by him.
"It wouldn't surprise me if he handled it fine," Melvin said. "A lot of it is confidence and how you feel going into it, and if you have some trepidation, sometimes you're a little hesitant, but he's legitimately excited about it."
Melvin pointed to Canha's athleticism as the key to success at the position, where he's spent several days of the last week working out.
"He's a sneaky good runner, and he stole some bases for us last year," Melvin said. "He does a nice job wherever we put him. His more natural positions are left and first, but we even had him at third base last year, and he's open to anything. He just wants to be in the lineup."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.