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Bruce Maxwell joins A’s after little sleep

MINNEAPOLIS - Catcher Bruce Maxwell was up so early Thursday, at 3:30 a.m. after a long night game at Round Rock, Texas, that he had to make sure he let the flight attendant know he was sleep deprived. Maxwell estimated he got about 45 minutes of sleep; his Uber to the airport in Austin was at 4:15 a.m. and he arrived in Oakland’s clubhouse at 10:15 a.m. for Thursday’s noon game. Maxwell is happy to be back with the A’s, though the circumstances aren’t ideal: Josh Phegley was placed on the 7-day concussion DL. “Obviously, it’s an unfortunate situation,” he said. Manager Bob Melvin said that Phegley was feeling better Thursday after taking a foul ball off the mask the night before, and his condition is much better than it was last year when he dealt with a concussion, but teams must strictly follow the concussion protocol. Maxwell and Stephen Vogt are both left-handed hitters. Maxwell was batting .275 at Triple-A Nashville and Vogt is hitting .232 and has had a tough time defensively, but Melvin said he is unsure how playing time will break down. “We’ll take a look at that a little bit later today,” Melvin said, noting that the A’s face a left-hander, Daniel Norris, on Sunday. Bruce has been a guy who has handled lefties pretty well and Vogter has at times when he’s swinging the bat well, too. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Manager Bob Melvin moved slugger Khris Davis into the third spot in the order Thursday for the first time this season, and put Yonder Alonso into the cleanup spot for the first time.

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