Injury updates

Posted by Jason Wojciechowski on May 27, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Susan Slusser's gamer from the A's win over the Yankees on Friday includes injury updates on Kendall Graveman and Jesse Hahn, with the update being: they're both very likely to hit the disabled list. Jharel Cotton is still coming up to start today, so it's a near-certainty that one of them will be on the DL, but Slusser notes that neither traveled with the team to New York, so odds are good that both will be off the roster in short order.

Of the three guys I mentioned in yesterday's post to take Hahn's slot (with Cotton taking Graveman's), Slusser reports that the A's are going to call up Daniel Mengden. My worry about his readiness, with him averaging five innings per start, is muted a little because, as Slusser notes, he threw seven innings in his start on Tuesday. The bigger concern, of course, is that he just wasn't very good in the majors last year. He missed bats at a fair clip, but he had a lot of runners on base via both the walk and the hit, and the homer rate wasn't stellar either, particularly for a guy who pitches in Oakland.

The A's still aren't in last place because they're three losses ahead of Seattle, but remember the reason that Seattle is at the bottom of the listings: their rotation has been decimated by injury. It's not quite Seattle-bad for the A's, since Sonny Gray came off the DL before this Graveman-Hahn spate hit, leaving three of the Opening Day five available at any given time, but the more you have to dig into your Triple-A depth for starters, the fewer games you're going to win. That's why they're Triple-A depth.

EDIT: A more recent update is here, noting that Hahn has indeed hit the DL, and that a decision on Graveman will be made tomorrow. It's weird for the A's to be simultaneously saying, "We've got to be even more cautious with Graveman since this is a reoccurence" and, "No decision yet," but I guess that's just the game.

At least Yonder Alonso is taking batting practice and should be back soon.