Let's just run down a quick injury update because everything is bad.
Oakland A's second baseman Jed Lowrie reportedly left Fenway Park on crutches after fouling a ball off his foot during Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox in the top of the seventh inning, tweets the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, talking to a photographer. Bob Melvin confirmed that Lowrie left injured:
Melvin says Lowrie did go for X rays.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 10, 2016
Lowrie comes back on golf cart from X rays and says "It hurts like hell." No news on X rays yet.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 10, 2016
Despite that pain, nothing was broken:
The A's say Lowrie's X-rays were negative.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 10, 2016
Danny Valencia didn't do anything too severe with his hamstring injury, at least:
Valencia confirms he's day to day. Just tightness, didn't want to take any chances with it.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 10, 2016
And Sonny Gray isn't injured, which is either good news (he's healthy!) or bad news (he's pitching badly and he has no explanation!):
Gray feels great physically. Says it's 3 starts now that "weren't just pretty pathetic but very bad." Says he has to figure it out soon.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 10, 2016
Then you've got all of the relievers, who suddenly are all going for X-rays. John Axford took a liner off his foot during his relief inning, but Liam Hendriks has not pitched in a few days despite Oakland's pitching troubles:
Axford X rays negative. Hendriks has elbow issue that has been a problem for several days. Reinforcement/s likely tomorrow.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 10, 2016
Oh and don't forget that Mark Canha was held out of Monday's game with some back tightness.
The A's roster is in rough shape following consecutive nights conceding at least 11 runs. One would have to think, after using J.B. Wendelken consecutive days, that the A's will call down to the minor leagues for more pitching reinforcements.
If the A's just want an emergency longman that can go five innings without upsetting Henderson Alvarez's rehab or the apparent plan to start Eric Surkamp on Wednesday, one interesting option is Raul Alcantara, who is on turn to start for Double-A Midland tomorrow in Frisco, Texas and is already on the 40-man roster. Frisco is a short drive from either of Dallas' major airports.
We'll find out the result of all these moves and tests tomorrow. For now, go watch some hockey or some basketball or something. Or just stare off into the distance.