Stephen Vogt is the first player in Oakland Athletics franchise history to win the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award three times. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Stephen Vogt is the first player in Oakland Athletics franchise history to win the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award three times. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Stephen Vogt wins ‘Catfish’ Hunter Award for third time

OAKLAND — Another day, another award for Stephen Vogt.

“The Triple Crown,” Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin joked after Vogt was named the recipient of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Award.

The catcher is the first player in franchise history to win the honor on three occasions.

The award goes to the A’s player who on-field play and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspirational spirit demonstrated by the late Hall of Fame pitcher. The award is voted on by players, coaches and staff.

“I know he’s proud of that,” Melvin said of Vogt, who also won the Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Wednesday.

“We’re proud of the fact that he won it again,” Melvin added. “He takes things seriously being an Oakland A — whether it’s on the field or whether it’s off the field in the community. He’s a great representative of our organization.”

NOTES
— Arismendy Alcantara, who’s spent much of his time as pinch-runner and defensive replacement, won’t play again in 2016. Melvin said the super-utility man sprained his thumb while sliding into second base in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s loss.

Alacantara’s thumb was put in a cast, but he’s expected to avoid surgery and should be ready to go in time for spring training.

— Melvin confirmed that Sonny Gray — sidelined with a strained right forearm — will throw a sim game on Saturday morning.

“If all goes well there, potentially a game after that,” Melvin said.

— There’s still been no final decision on if J.B. Wendelken will undergo Tommy John surgery. The right-handed reliever went for a second opinion on Wednesday, but Melvin has yet to hear a report on the doctor’s visit. “It looks like it’s going to be surgery,” Melvin said. “But I haven’t been told that’s 100 percent the case yet.”arismendy alcantaraBob Melvinj.b. wendelkenMLBOakland AthleticsSonny GrayStephen Vogt

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