With the Sharks and Warriors enjoying post season success, the Raiders and 49ers being involved in the NFL, and the Giants’ new “Big 3” rotation, the A’s have kind of slipped to the back burner this season. It has seemed that everyone in the Bay is waiting until June to pay attention to baseball season.
The training staff with Oakland probably wish the season had been delayed until June with the injuries that have piled up so far. The A’s will host the punch happy Rangers tonight, sitting in 4th place in the AL West, six games behind Texas.
While timely hitting has evaded them, and pitching has been questionable at times, injuries have done more than their fair share to hinder the A’s chances at not repeating near the bottom of the division. Here’s what they’ve had to deal with so far this season.
They knew they’d be starting the season without the Alvarez pitchers. Henderson Alvarez had right shoulder surgery in July of last year and RJ Alvarez had elbow surgery in March. Just before the season started Jarrod Parker had an elbow injury that required surgery and he has yet to take the mound for Oakland.
Since the season has started the A’s have sent pitchers Felix Doubront and Chris Bassitt, and outfielder Sam Fuld home for the season due to injuries. Bassitt and Doubront both had Tommy John this year and Fuld is scheduled to have season ending surgery on Wednesday to repair his rotator cuff, which was originally diagnosed as a shoulder strain.
Danny Valencia and Jed Lowrie have just switched places, with Valencia returning from injury and Lowrie going to the DL due to a right shin contusion. Eric Sogard had surgery on his left knee in April and he’s out for at least the rest of this month, with a possible return in June.
In the last couple weeks the A’s have lost Mark Canha and Liam Hendricks; Canha to left hip impingement and Hendricks to a right triceps strain. Both currently have their statuses listed on MLB as “TBD” so we won’t know the severity for a few more days at least. It’s thought that Canha may need season ending surgery which would be four players out for the year and we’re only halfway through May. Hendricks is scheduled to be reevaluated today.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Oakland however. RJ Alvarez is expected to start throwing off a mound this week, Henderson Alvarez could return any day now and Lowrie should be back later this month. Then they can see what they can do with the players they will available this year and hope Nashville has a player or two that just need to come to the West Coast to flourish.
When you look at the injuries they’ve dealt with, six games out on May 16 isn’t too terrible. The A’s will never be at full strength in 2016, but they’ll hope for 80 per cent at least.