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A’s manager says surgery for Marcus Semien was an ‘easy decision’

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Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) chases down a ground ball against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 30, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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OAKLAND — A couple of days after having a screw inserted into his right wrist, Marcus Semien was back on the field, leaning against the backstop on Thursday afternoon as his teammates took batting practice.

While Bob Melvin didn’t get a chance to catch up with Semien, who was wearing a cast on his wrist, before BP, the Oakland Athletics’ manager said he fully grasped why the sidelined shortstop had opted for surgery rather than allowing the wrist to heal naturally.

“No. 1, he wants to make sure it’s sound in there and [No.] 2, he wants to get back in the lineup as soon as he can,” Melvin explained. “The other option was to wait around and see if it does heal, but really there’s no downside in putting the screw in there. It was an easy decision for him.”

Semien, who was moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier in the afternoon to make room on the 40-man roster for starter César Valdez, is due to be reevaluated in four to six weeks.

Melvin on Maxwell: ‘Just a guy that’s still waiting for his time’

To open a spot on the 25-man roster for Valdez, the A’s returned catcher Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A.

“He’s one of those guys that’s part of this team right now, he’s just not here right now,” Melvin said. “For a guy we bring up, and it was really only going to be for three days anyways, he gets two starts. It means we’re really comfortable with him.

Recalled on Monday, Maxwell went 2-for-5 during his two game cameo at the Coliseum.

“Just a guy that’s still waiting for his time but a guy we still feel is going to be a big part of this team over the course of this season,” Melvin added.

Draft pick, ex-Cal star set for Tommy John surgery

The club announced that Daulton Jefferies — the A’s second-overall selection in last June’s draft — will undergo Tommy John surgery. No date for the procedure has been set for Jefferies, who made a pair of appearances this month for the High-A Stockton Ports.

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