Matt Olson’s back issue puts streak in jeopardy; Phegley’s improvement

HOUSTON — Matt Olson’s streak of games played could be in jeopardy.

The first baseman was kept out of the starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Astros due to back tightness. It’s not considered a serious injury, with A’s manager Bob Melvin mentioning the possibility of Olson entering the game late as a pinch-hitter.

“It’s not something I want to get any worse,” Melvin said. “It’s tough not having him in the lineup. He wants to play. But with a quick turnaround tomorrow, he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow and you may see him in the game at some point tonight.”

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Olson had appeared in all 92 A’s games this season entering Wednesday night, starting in 89 of them.


Josh Phegley found himself in the starting lineup as the A’s elected to give Jonathan Lucroy a rest.

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Though he’s only played about once or twice a week since getting called back up from Triple-A last month, Melvin has been impressed with the chemistry Phegley has built with the pitchers on the …read more

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