Hot-hitting Corey Hart out of lineup today due to illness

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The only thing that can slow Corey Hart down? His immune system, apparently.

According to Audrey Snyder of, Hart is out of the starting lineup for today’s game against the Giants due to illness.

Nyjer Morgan will take his place in right field and bat eighth against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, though Hart could be available off the bench.

Hart is batting .311/.373/.623 with a .996 OPS over his last 16 games. He has four home runs and nine RBI in 17 plate appearances this week after entering Monday’s action with zero homers and one RBI over his first 81 plate appearances.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.