OAKLAND -- A lackluster A's lineup, in need of a spark to combat this woeful stretch, could perhaps get just that from Stephen Vogt, who made his return to the field Friday for the opener of a three-game set with the visiting Phillies.
"We've missed him," manager Bob Melvin said. "Ever since he was brought back up, he's been instrumental to us, not only in the versatility that he's brought us, but offensively, he's been a spark plug for us. He's a tough out, he's a grinder, so it's nice to get him back in the lineup."
Vogt was hitless in two at-bats with two walks and a run scored during a three-run second inning in Friday's 3-1 victory.
Vogt missed 11 games because of a sprained left ankle, which will likely prevent him from playing in the outfield again this season, according to Melvin. Vogt also isn't expected to catch again, because of a lingering bone bruise in his right foot, so he'll continue to spend most of his time at first base, where he started Friday.
Vogt batted sixth against Phillies right-hander David Buchanan, taking a .316 season average against righties into the game. He's hitting .219 vs. left-handers.
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