It was looking as though Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima was getting close to 100 percent following his left hamstring strain suffered in spring training. But after just seven innings and a scheduled day off, Nakajima was held out of Triple-A Sacramento’s lineup Sunday and will head to Oakland for further examination early this week, according to an official statement from the River Cats.
Nakajima went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his Sacramento debut on Friday, before making his scheduled exit in the seventh inning when he was pinch-run for by Andy Parrino. Nakajima was given an error at shortstop while making a backhanded play to his right.
During spring training, Nakajima struggled to adjust to his new surroundings, hitting just .167/.286/.190 in 17 spring games before injuring his hamstring during the final week of spring training. He struck out 11 times.
After suffering the hamstring strain, Nakajima took a few weeks off before participating in extended spring training at the A’s facility in Phoenix. He was sent on a rehab assignment to Sacramento on Friday.
So far, Nakajima’s injury hasn’t hurt the A’s. Jed Lowrie, who has received the majority of his starts at shortstop, has hit .322 and has been a vital member of an A's offense that’s been one of the best in baseball to start the year. Heading into Sunday, Oakland led the American League in runs and doubles.
The A's will know more about Nakajima’s prognosis after he returns to Oakland for further examination. Hamstring injuries tend to be sensitive in nature, so there’s a chance the team will force him to wait it out until it’s fully healthy before returning to baseball activities.