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Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ELBOW SURGERY SHOULDN'T KEEP STEPHEN VOGT FROM STARTING SEASON ON TIME

Spring training has not even begun and we already have our first injury to discuss.  It was revealed by the team yesterday that Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow which will keep him sidelined for 4-6 weeks.  A bone chip was removed during the procedure and Vogt will now miss the first few weeks of spring training as he look to build off a very solid full year debut with the A's in 2016.  At this point however, Vogt should be ready to go for Opening Day barring any setbacks.  As far as last season was concerned, Vogt rode a very hot first half when he hit .287 with 14 home run to finish with top 5-7 numbers behind the dish.  Yes Vogt crashed and burned under the weight of the long season behind the dish in the second half when he hit .217 but Vogt should be more ready to deal with the rigors this time around.  A late bloomer at the age of 31, Vogt should be able to repeat or come close to the 18 home runs and .261 batting average he accumulated in 2015 which would make him a catcher 1 yet again. 

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