MESA, Ariz. -- A's first baseman Nate Freiman could miss up to two weeks of spring action because of a muscle strain in his back sustained from workouts, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.
The setback puts Freiman at a major disadvantage in the competition for an Opening Day roster spot as a backup first baseman to expected regular Ike Davis. Rule 5 Draft pick Mark Canha, who must stay on the A's active roster all season or be offered back to the Marlins, seemingly now has the edge.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.