The Oakland A’s activated pitcher Sean Manaea from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Monday. To make room on the 25-man roster, catcher Bruce Maxwell was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
Manaea exited his start on April 26 after two innings, and subsequently landed on the DL with a strained shoulder. The left-hander missed a couple turns in the rotation, but looked strong in a minor league rehab outing last week. He’ll take the mound Monday evening against Seattle, sliding into the rotation spot that was vacated when Jharel Cotton was optioned back to Triple-A.
Manaea, 2017: 5 starts, 5.18 ERA, 24⅓ ip, 27 Ks, 12 BB, 1 HR, 3.29 FIP
Meanwhile, this was Maxwell’s second stint in Oakland this year. The rookie catcher got into six games this time up, including five starts, and his biggest moment came on May 6 against the Tigers — with two outs in the 9th inning and an 0-2 count, he fought back to draw a walk off K-Rod, sparking a comeback rally and eventual walk-off victory.
Maxwell, 2017: 4-for-19, 3 BB, 6 Ks, .529 OPS
The A’s now have six players remaining on their disabled list. Three are on the 10-day DL (RHP Daniel Mengden, RHP John Axford, LHP Sean Doolittle) and three are on the 60-day (RHP Chris Bassitt, SS Marcus Semien, OF Jake Smolinski). Half of the group are currently on rehab assignments in Nashville — Axford, Mengden, and Bassitt.
This is the first time in 2017 that all six of the A’s top starters have been healthy at the same time (Sonny, Graveman, Manaea, Cotton, Triggs, Hahn).
Hot takes: Another routine move, but at least it’s good news with another player coming off the short-term DL. The important thing is how Manaea looks in his start tonight. In a rebuilding year, nothing is more crucial than the health of your young stars — can’t develop the kids if they’re sitting out injured. When shoulders are involved, it’s certainly encouraging to see the pitcher return quickly.
Have to imagine Maxwell will keep bouncing around like this. Hey, better than not getting any MLB time at all! Just keep plugging away at each opportunity, which in this case meant filling in while Josh Phegley sat out for a week on the concussion DL. Remember Maxwell has still only played 117 games above the Double-A level.