The Oakland A’s have been ravaged by injuries this season, but miraculously they’ve managed to gut their way toward a winning record anyway. Now the injury news is beginning to improve as well.
There are still seven players on the MLB disabled list (soon to be eight, as we’ll discuss in a moment), plus a couple other key pitchers out of action in Triple-A. Two of them are definitely out for the year after Tommy John surgery (Jharel Cotton from the MLB squad, and minor league prospect A.J. Puk), but most of the rest are well on their way back to health. Here’s a quick rundown of everyone’s recent progress.
... But first, the bad news. Starting pitcher Trevor Cahill appears headed to the DL after all with his lingering Achilles issue, reports insider Jane Lee. Cahill missed his last start to the same injury and was covered by Chris Bassitt, who pitched well against the Royals in emergency. This would be Cahill’s second DL stint of the season, after a brief elbow scare in mid-May, but the bright side is that it’s not an arm problem this time. Expect to see Bassitt in his place again, says Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.
Furthermore, third baseman Matt Chapman was hit on the hand by a pitch on Tuesday. He was checked on by the trainers but remained in the game, and X-rays were negative, reports Lee. For the moment it looks like the A’s dodged catastrophe, but Chapman is their best player and so even a potential scare is enough to mention in an article about injuries.
OK now on to the happy news.
Two members of the DL have already begun minor league rehab assignments with High-A Stockton. Lefty reliever Ryan Buchter has been out since late April with a shoulder strain, but on Monday he returned to the mound and threw a scoreless inning for the Ports. Slusser reports that all went well, with five more outings scheduled (mostly in Triple-A) before he returns to Oakland.
Outfielder Boog Powell also saw some action in Stockton, with starts on Saturday and Monday. The latter performance was particularly encouraging because he stole a base, which seems like something you’d like to see a speedy player do after recovering from a knee sprain. He’ll also be headed for Triple-A as the week goes on, says Lee.
Next on the rehab train could be pitcher Andrew Triggs, whose triceps strain caused some nerve irritation. Lee reports that he’s resumed throwing and is “nearing a rehab assignment.” Lefty starter Brett Anderson is also throwing again and feeling good, says Slusser.
As for the other two players on the DL, there’s nothing new to report on outfielder Matt Joyce (back strain) or Daniel Gossett (elbow/flexor). The most recent word on Gossett (via Slusser a week ago) was that he wouldn’t throw for several weeks. There’s also the matter of the minor league DL, where Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman is out with a forearm strain — on June 3, Slusser said he’d miss “10 days max,” so hopefully he’ll be back in action any day now.
Summary of the MLB disabled list:
- Buchter: on rehab
- Powell: on rehab
- Triggs: nearing rehab
- Anderson: resumed throwing
- Joyce: no update (back strain)
- Gossett: out for several weeks
- Cotton: out for season
Best of luck to all the injured A’s in their recoveries!