Canha diagnosed with left hip impingement

Injury could lead to season-ending surgery for infielder/outfielder

Canha diagnosed with left hip impingement

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mark Canha has been diagnosed with a left hip impingement that could result in season-ending surgery for the A's infielder/outfielder.

Canha will seek a second opinion from Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado, after the A's recommended he get a cortisone shot before determining if surgery is necessary.

Canha was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and sent home from Boston for MRIs on both his hip and back; A's head trainer Nick Paparesta said there is no labral damage to Canha's hip, and that he has a light back strain.

The 27-year-old Canha, who totaled 16 home runs and 70 RBIs as a rookie last season, has seen limited playing time this year, batting .122 with three home runs in 41 at-bats spanning 16 games.

Worth noting

• Right-hander Liam Hendriks (right triceps strain) underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage to his elbow. He's expected to rest for several days before being reexamined Monday.

• Second baseman Jed Lowrie, sidelined by a right shin contusion, is off crutches and out of a walking boot but has yet to resume baseball activity. He's eligible to return from the DL on May 25.

• Right-hander R.J. Alvarez, who underwent minor elbow surgery in March, is playing catch out to 105 feet and could be throwing off a mound sometime during the team's next homestand, according to Paparesta.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.