More injuries! Hooray!

Posted by Jason Wojciechowski on May 26, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Jharel Cotton is going to come up to Oakland (or New York, I guess) and pitch on Saturday against the Yankees. That's going to necessitate a roster move. Normally you might think, "I guess this means Jesse Hahn is going to hit the disabled list because he came out early from his starts with some triceps issue last time," and normally you'd be right. The problem is that Kendall Graveman was going to start tonight and he's been scratched, without word (yet) about why.

The mind runs wild with speculation and conjecture about both Graveman (who's already missed time with a shoulder injury) and Hahn being hurt simultaneously, which would force the A's to, aside from adding Cotton, pick from Zach Neal (already a member of the big-league bullpen), Paul Blackburn (decent but likely hit-lucky numbers at Nashville), and Daniel Mengden (good numbers in four starts in Triple-A, but may not be fully back from his offseason foot surgery yet, as he's averaging just five innings per start) to fill out the rotation.

There are lost years and there are depressing lost years. Graveman was supposed to be a bright spot for the A's, and a hoped-for bounce-back from Jesse Hahn was something else to watch. Looking for continued improvement from Marcus Semien and watching the always-entertaining Sean Doolittle were two others. At this point, depending on what the story is with Graveman and Hahn, all that entertainment value, all that fun factor, might be sitting at home hoping to get back on the field.

At least we've still got Sonny Gray.

EDIT: An update at the link says that Graveman's shoulder is sore. Sigh.