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Elephant Rumblings: Matt Chapman’s torn hip labrum and future outlook

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The Oakland A’s have suffered a barrage of injury news over the last several days, and along the way they’ve lost Matt Chapman for the year, Chad Pinder to the injured list, and Stephen Piscotty for an undetermined amount of time.

It can be hard to keep up with all the details, so let’s double back to Chapman. You might already know that he’s having hip surgery, but specifically his injury is a torn labrum in the hip, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

Slusser notes that the operation is considered “straightforward” and often results in a full recovery, citing Sean Manaea and Mark Canha as two current A’s who have been through it before.

Canha went into further detail about the procedure and its effects, per Slusser and Matt Kawahara, mentioning that “[a]fter six months, I felt good to go.” If that holds true for Chapman, then he’d be healthy again by mid-March.

In the meantime, Oakland has a third base position to fill without Chapman and Pinder. They have multiple options at hand, including rookie Vimael Machin, recent callup Nate Orf, or simply moving second baseman Tommy La Stella across the diamond and using Tony Kemp at the keystone.

But the A’s also picked up a new candidate in free agent Jake Lamb, and Lamb had an impressive debut in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader by smashing a homer and a double. The 2017 All-Star could also help out at DH if the outfield ends up losing a man in Piscotty.

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