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 MLB.com 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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.