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Elephant Rumblings: Chad Pinder could return from injury in time for playoffs, Stephen Piscotty day-to-day

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The Oakland A’s are dealing with a sudden barrage of injuries two weeks before the postseason begins, but they got some updates on Tuesday that were as positive as could be hoped for.

It’s already known that third baseman Matt Chapman is out for the season, having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. But now he’s had the operation and it went well, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. He’ll start his rehab right away, and his recovery will take around four months — encouraging news in terms of being ready for 2021.

Meanwhile, the other two recent injuries might not be season-ending. Super-sub Chad Pinder is on the injured list with a strained hamstring, but it’s only a Grade 1 strain, the lowest on the three-tier scale, reports Slusser. He definitely won’t play again in the regular season, but he might return in time for the playoffs.

As for right fielder Stephen Piscotty, who exited Monday’s game with a knee sprain, he’s considered day-to-day, reports insider Martin Gallegos. The other option would have been putting him on the IL, so presumably this lesser measure is an encouraging sign. Head trainer Nick Paparesta also notes extra caution due to Piscotty’s history of patellar issues, via journalist Ben Ross.

In short, Chapman has a timeline to be ready for next season, Pinder will miss the rest of the mostly meaningless regular season but could be back when games start to matter again, and Piscotty might not be hurt too bad after all. That’s about the best news we could have hoped for all around.

Oh, and (healthy) newcomer Jake Lamb is 3-for-7 with a homer, two doubles, a walk, and three runs scored.

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