Batted balls add injury to insult in loss

Batted balls add injury to insult in loss

BOSTON -- Yet another disheartening A's loss on Monday was compounded by a laundry list of injuries.

Even before the start of their 14-7 loss to the Red Sox in the confines of Fenway Park, the A's knew they'd be without infielder/outfielder Mark Canha, who is dealing with back tightness, and right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks, who, manager Bob Melvin revealed after the game, was sidelined by elbow soreness.

Then the A's watched a pair of infielders depart early: first, third baseman Danny Valencia exited in the middle of the second inning after reinjuring his left hamstring; second baseman Jed Lowrie then departed ahead of the bottom half of the seventh after fouling a ball off of his right foot.

Valencia, who was nursing a strained left hamstring on the disabled list for the minimum 15 days up until Friday, is considered day to day. Lowrie also likely falls under that category, after his X-rays turned up negative.

Reliever John Axford underwent X-rays during the game, too, after taking a screaming liner off the bat of Xander Bogaerts in the sixth inning. X-rays on the right-hander's foot proved negative.

Axford gets hit, stays in game

Jane Lee has covered the A's for since 2002. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.