Athletics' Ben Zobrist to have left knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

The Oakland Athletics announced on Saturday that Ben Zobrist will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that will keep him out four to six weeks.
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The Oakland Athleticsannounced on Saturday that Ben Zobrist will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that will keep him out four to six weeks.

Zobrist, who missed four games with the injury, tried to play through it on Friday but went 0-for-4 in the A's 11-inning, 5–4 loss to the Houston Astros in Oakland.

Over the first 14 games of the season, Zobrist was hitting .240 with one home run, eight RBI and a .704 OPS.

After moving Zobrist to the 15-day disabled list Saturday morning, the A's promoted corner infielder Max Muncy from Triple A Nashville. No date has been set for Zobrist's surgery.

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"I wasn't getting out of the box well at all," said Zobrist, batting .240 in 14 games. "And frankly, the worst thing out of it was just trying to swing. When I swung right-handed, specifically, it put a lot of pressure on that front knee, the left knee.

"I just didn't feel like I could be the player that this team needs me to be in the condition that I was trying to play in. So gotta get it cleaned up and get back out here as soon as possible."

Eric Sogard is expected to take over everyday second-base duties for the A's. Zobrist spent five games each at second base and left field before he was shut down.

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A's manager Bob Melvin said catcher Stephen Vogt would adopt Zobrist's No. 3 spot in the lineup after hitting .373 with a team-high four home runs and 14 RBI in 16 games.

Mike Fiammetta