The Oakland Athletics have placed shortstop Marcus Semien on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist contusion. The club has recalled infielder Chad Pinder from Triple-A Nashville.
Semien told reporters at Saturday’s post-game press gaggle that the wrist had been bothering him since the spring, but that it had only just begun to bother him while throwing.
Presumably, the extent of the injury and a sense of the timeline will be available during the pre-game presser with Bob Melvin around 11:15 a.m. Semien will get a CT scan on Monday to check if he has any fractures. Semien did not play in Saturday’s contest, so he will be eligible to return from the DL on April 25.
The everyday A’s shortstop was enjoying a career-high walk rate of 21.7 percent in his first 46 plate appearances for a .171/.370/.229 line that gives him a 96 wRC+ (100 is the league-average run producer). He has not hit a home run yet, however, coming off his 27-dinger 2016 campaign.
Though on the 40-man roster, the A’s have elected not to break the seal on top prospect Franklin Barreto, who is hitting .342/.409/.579 (168 wRC+) with two home runs in 45 plate appearances in Triple-A Nashville.
Chad Pinder returns for his second visit to the A’s, where he’ll hope to improve upon a .235/.273/.373 performance in 55 plate appearances from late August and on. With Nashville this year, he is 12-for-37 with two doubles, two walks, and 14 strikeouts (.324/.359/.378, 106 wRC+). Pinder and Adam Rosales, both right-handed batters, stand to take some time at shortstop during Semien’s absence.