Brandon Moss to undergo hip surgery

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A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss will undergo hip surgery on October 21, the team announced.

Moss had a big first half, but then was terrible after the All-Star break by hitting .173 in 58 games. He revealed in late September that he’d been playing through torn cartilage in his hip, which made his two-homer performance in the Wild Card Game all the more surprising.

Moss has topped 20 homers in three straight seasons, proving to be a great scrap-heap pickup for the A’s, but now that he’s set to earn more than $5 million via the arbitration process it’s possible they could look to cheaper options.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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