Adam Rosales gets foot surgery, doubtful for Opening Day

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Adam Rosales has a secret.  Or, he did.

The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health.

In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when spring training begins and is likely to open the 2011 season on the disabled list.

He is aiming to begin playing in live spring games on March 15, but he’ll only meet that goal if he avoids setbacks and that still leaves him with just two weeks to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.  The 27-year-old will probably be asked to take some reps at Triple-A Sacramento before joining the A’s around mid-April.

Rosales hit .271/.321/.400 with seven homers and 31 RBI over 255 at-bats last season.  He is expected to serve as a utilityman for Oakland in 2011 once he is fully rehabbed.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.