Rosales likely won't return until June

Rosales likely won't return until June

OAKLAND -- A May return seems unlikely for utility player Adam Rosales, who confirmed on Sunday afternoon that he still hasn't been cleared for full baseball activities and likely won't be for at least another four weeks.

That's when Rosales is next scheduled to see his doctor, who told the infielder last week that his right foot has recovered 90 percent. Rosales was hoping he'd be at 100 percent by then, but bones around his surgically-repaired navicular bone are still gaining strength.

"It's frustrating," Rosales said, "because I really want to be out there."

The 27-year-old underwent surgery on Dec. 8, and he was initially expecting to face a recovery time of three-to-four months. Now, June seems the likely goal.

Before the onset of his injury, which initially crept up in August, Rosales was batting .271 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs in 80 games, and was the first A's player since 1995 to start at least one game at six positions.

In his stead, Andy LaRoche has fulfilled the utility role, making starts in 10 games at four different positions, including four at third base, where manager Bob Geren noted he wants to give LaRoche an "extended look" while regular Kevin Kouzmanoff continues to find an offensive and defensive groove.