First baseman Daric Barton left Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Colorado Rockies with a strained hamstring and the Oakland Athletics said he will be held out on Sunday, at the very least.
“Hamstrings aren’t something you want to mess around with,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. “To what degree he strained it, I’m not sure.”
Barton, 28, is the longest tenured member of the A’s, having been with the club since September 2007. He was the regular first baseman for the A’s in both 2008 and 2010, leading the American League in walks in 2010, but has seen his playing time dwindle over the last three seasons.
He is a lifetime .250/.360/.372 hitter in 521 career games, with 30 homers and 179 RBI.
Barton is 4-for-9 in 14 plate appearances this spring, with two runs, two doubles an RBI and four walks.
He was a first-round pick, 28th overall, of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Marina High School in Huntington Beach in 2003 and came to the Oakland organization in December 2004 along with Kiko Calero and Dan Haren in the trade that sent Mark Mulder to the Cardinals.