Addison Russell, the Oakland Athletics top prospect and ranked and ranked No. 18 overall by MLB.com, will miss at least a week after straining his right hamstring, according to a report.
CSNBayArea.com reported Tuesday morning that Russell, who was hurt while running out a ground ball in Monday’s Cactus League game against the Dodgers, will be shut down for at least a week, according to manager Bob Melvin.
To provide some infield depth, the A’s will bring Hiroyuki Nakajima in from their minor league camp.
In other injury-related news, right-hander Ryan Cook is set to throw his second bullpen session on Tuesday as he recovers from inflammation in his shoulder and lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is also scheduled for bullpen work.
Russell, 20, is 7-for-25 this spring with three runs, two doubles, a triple, three RBI and a stolen base, while striking out five times. He was the 11th overall pick by Oakland in 2012 out of Pace (Fla.) High School and hit .275/.377/.508 for Advanced-A Stockton last season, scoring 85 runs with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 17 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games. He was also 21-for-24 stealing bases and struck out 116 times. He got a cup of coffee at Triple-A Sacramento late in the season and was 1-for-13 with a run scored and nine whiffs in three games.
Nakajima, 31, arrived with much fanfare after signing a two-year, $6.5 million contract before last season after an 11-year career with the Seibu Lions in Japan, where he was a .302/.371/.472 lifetime hitter with 162 home runs.
He spent all of last season at Triple-A Sacramento, where he hit .283/.331/.367 in 90 games, scoring 40 runs with 17 doubles, four homers and 34 RBI. He was dropped from Oakland’s 40-man roster in August.