The Oakland A’s added to their disabled list once again on Friday, with RHP Jesse Hahn and 2B Jed Lowrie the latest to go down. To replace them, the team called up RHP Andrew Triggs and OF Brett Eibner. The A’s now have 13 players on the DL.
The news about Lowrie is not a surprise. He is battling a painful bunion on his foot, and now he will have time to rest the troublesome issue. Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle notes that if Lowrie ends up needing surgery then he’ll be out for the season. After a solid first half his production has dropped sharply in recent weeks, and in his absence the A’s can potentially begin trying out the many middle infield prospects they have waiting in Triple-A.
Lowrie, 2016: 369 PAs, .263/.314/.322, 76 wRC+, 2 HR, 26 BB, 65 Ks, -0.5 bWAR
Hahn is out with a strained right shoulder, per Mark Chiarelli of MLB.com. Slusser notes that this is unrelated to his forearm injury from last year, the one that had us all holding our breaths hoping he wouldn’t need another TJS. Hahn described it as routine fatigue and thinks he’ll be back soon, according to Chiarelli.
Continuing his odd, inconsistent season, he got crushed by the Angels on Thursday after a promising outing against the Rays in late July. Joe Stiglich of CSN notes that Hahn started feeling the fatigue between the 3rd and 4th innings on Thursday.
As for his spot in the rotation, Slusser guesses Daniel Mengden will get that call, although Jharel Cotton and even Raul Alcantara stand as potential options as well.
Hahn, 2016: 9 starts, 6.02 ERA, 46.1 ip, 23 Ks, 19 BB, 8 HR, 5.61 FIP, -0.2 bWAR
Eibner was acquired last weekend prior to the deadline, from the Royals in exchange for Billy Burns. He’s a slugger with contact issues who plays plus defense in the corners and has experience in CF as well. In four games for Triple-A Nashville since the trade, he’s gone 4-for-13 with 1 HR, 5 BB, 6 Ks. He is in the lineup on Friday batting seventh, making his A’s debut in RF against Jon Lester and the Cubs. Click here for more on Eibner.
Eibner, 2016 (KC): 85 PAs, .231/.286/.423, 84 wRC+, 3 HR, 6 BB, 23 Ks, +5 DRS
This will be Triggs’ eighth stint in Oakland this year, as he has been one of the top taxi guys going between the A’s and Nashville. He recently returned from the disabled list after a line drive to the leg left him with a shin contusion. The sidearmer has been asked to fill a lot of roles, and his numbers reflect that he's often been put in a position he's not well-suited in for the benefit of the team.
He’s the eighth man in the pen right now, and presumably one of them will go back down in a few days when the A’s need to fill Hahn’s spot in the rotation.
Triggs, 2016: 17 games, 5.40 ERA, 31.2 ip, 31 Ks, 11 BB, 4 HR, 4.05 FIP
As for Lowrie’s spot at second base, it remains to be seen how that will be filled. At the moment, with Marcus Semien entrenched at SS, the options on the roster are Tyler Ladendorf and Max Muncy. If the A’s wish to make long-term plans in Lowrie’s absence, then they have Arismendy Alcantara and Joey Wendle hitting well in Triple-A and already on the 40-man roster, as well as Chad Pinder (who isn’t on the 40-man but will need to be added after the season anyway to avoid the Rule 5 draft).
Expect more moves in the coming days as the A’s continue their season-long task of constantly shuffling the roster to cover for the never-ending barrage of injuries.