Apr 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT
Barton was once firmly established as Oakland’s long-term first baseman and had an underrated, All-Star caliber season in 2010 with a .393 on-base percentage and league-leading 110 walks, but he hit just .212 in 67 games last season before going under the knife and is now a big question mark.
Manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that Barton needs to build up his arm strength and prove that he can play multiple games in a row before coming off the disabled list is an option, but backdating the stint to their trip to Japan means he’s eligible to return as soon as Sunday.
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