The Oakland Athletics’ night turned from bad to worse on Tuesday. After blowing a late lead and falling to the Seattle Mariners 7-4, they may have also lost their starting catcher for a bit of time.
It was revealed that Derek Norris has a fractured left toe after a play at the plate, but no announcement has been made about him going to the disabled list. Nonetheless, even if he plays through it, catching with a fractured toe is not fun.
Being an A’s catcher in general has not been fun lately. John Jaso, who had been receiving the bulk of playing time at catcher this season, may miss the rest of the season due to a lingering concussion that he suffered on July 24. Jaso has not played in a game since.
“My brain is still injured, basically,” Jaso said. “The good news is I’ll be back 100 percent, and the question is when.” Jaso has been the A’s most consistent catcher offensively, hitting .271 with three home runs in 70 games.
To replace him, the A’s are using a platoon of the right-handed Norris and the left-handed Stephen Vogt. Norris is hitting .231 and Vogt is batting .234, meaning if Norris heads to the DL, the A’s will be depending on an inexperienced, unproven young player in Vogt to be their starting catcher.
For a team fighting for a playoff spot, this is clearly not good news.