Jesse Chavez will miss the remainder of the year with a "non-displaced rib fracture," reports MLB.com's Jane Lee on Twitter. It was initially reported by Lee that he would not start Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox after reporting "rib soreness" to such an extent that he is "having trouble even breathing.". The A's will turn to number 11 starting pitcher Cody Martin, who pitched six innings in Triple-A Nashville's season finale on September 7 and conceded two runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
The A's are dragging the bedraggled starting rotation across the finish line with Jesse Chavez, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Jarrod Parker, and A.J. Griffin all hurt in some fashion. Bassitt remains hopeful of returning from shoulder soreness, Lee reported yesterday, throwing "15 pitches from flat ground and an addition 15 -- all fastballs -- from the top of the bump pain-free. ... The ultimate goal is to have him start another game before season's end."
Beyond Martin, the options are rather slight. Brad Mills, pretty much. And then there's Barry Zito for maybe an inning, I suppose. And then maybe one of the fans, I guess.
Jane Lee fills us in on other injury news:
Valencia was scratched from lineup because of a stiff trap muscle. Just a day off for Lawrie.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 15, 2015
Burns will go through the full gamut of baseball activity again today. Seems like he'll be rested through the series.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 15, 2015
Vogt did some tee work in the cage today and felt just OK. Still an encouraging sign he's getting back into baseball activity.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 15, 2015