The Oakland Athletics have placed starting pitcher Sean Manaea on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator (forearm) strain, the club announced today. The A’s recalled left-hander Eric Surkamp, who was scheduled to start Tuesday’s contest in place of Rich Hill anyway.
Manaea came out of Tuesday’s contest in the fifth inning indicating problems with his forearm, and a preliminary examination indicated a strain in the pronator muscle.
Bob Melvin offered what seems to be good news in Tuesday’s pre-game meeting with A’s beat reporters:
Melvin says Manaea's MRI supported what A's thought: Muscular damage but no ligament. They hope he'll be back close to 15-day period.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) June 14, 2016
A pronator muscle strain can be a precursor to an eventual problem with the UCL, but sometimes a strain is just a strain.
Manaea is the seventh A’s starting pitcher to spend some amount of time on the disabled list this season. (1) Chris Bassitt and (2) Felix Doubront are out for the rest of the year with Tommy John surgery. (3) Jarrod Parker is out for at least most of the year after surgery to repair his re-fractured medial epicondyle. (4) Henderson Alvarez made a rehabilitation start with the Stockton Ports on Monday from his shoulder surgery. (5) Rich Hill remains on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin, (6) Sonny Gray was on the disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle, but has since bounced back to throw two strong starts.