A’s Frankie Montas out with COVID, Sean Murphy recovering from collapsed lung

Sporting Green // Athletics

Matt Kawahara

Feb. 17, 2021Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 10:26 a.m.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas, center, hands the ball to pitching coach Scott Emerson as he is relieved during the fourth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. At right is catcher Sean Murphy. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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The A’s reported two notable absences before holding their first pitchers and catchers workout of spring training Wednesday.

Starter Frankie Montas is not with the team to open camp in Mesa, Ariz., after testing positive for the coronavirus, manager Bob Melvin said.

“He’s several days into it,” Melvin said on a video call Wednesday morning. “He does feel the effects of it. He’s having some symptoms — more flu-like than probably anything else at this point. So unfortunately, he’s going to be a little bit behind.”

Catcher Sean Murphy is also away after having surgery for a collapsed lung several weeks ago, Melvin said. Murphy required the sudden procedure after he “just woke up one morning and couldn’t breathe very well,” Melvin said. Murphy’s “prognosis is good” and the A’s believe he could be ready for Opening Day.

“Our training staff believes that we’ll get him here in time in the spring at some point,” Melvin said. “It sounds pretty dramatic and it certainly did to me as well. But…

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