Update: July 10, 2015 8:03 pm PT
UPDATE: Jesse Hahn diagnosed with forearm strain, shut down for two weeks
The Athletics received both good and bad news Friday afternoon. Rookie starter Jesse Hahn has been diagnosed with a forearm strain but thankfully he isn’t experiencing any elbow issues, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Hahn has a forearm strain and will be shut down two weeks.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 10, 2015
This is also a good time for Hahn to rest since he won’t miss too much playing time because of the All-Star break. Still it’s yet another blow to the struggling Athletics who lost to the Cleveland Indians on Friday by the score of 5-1. If they don’t pull themselves together very soon then it may lose any chance they may still have of having a winning season. Chris Bassitt, who made two great starts in place of ace Sonny Gray, will start for Hahn on Saturday and likely for the remainder of his stint on the disabled list.
So tomorrow’s move certainly will be just to DL Hahn when Bassitt is officially called up. Bassitt is here today. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 10, 2015
Original Text: July 10, 2015 8:15 am PT
It’s a good time to keep an eye on the A’s pitching staff right now
whether you are a fan or fantasy owner
Since Sonny Gray’s bout with salmonella, A’s pitchers seem to be dropping like flies, well kind of. Lefty and one of the A’s best pieces of potential trade bait, Scott Kazmir, left his start Wednesday after just three innings with soreness in his left triceps.
Also, it was announced Wednsday right-hander Jesse Hahn will miss his next start. At first he was to be rescheduled to start Friday and then was moved to Saturday because he is feeling some soreness in his elbow. Thursday it was announced that Hahn had been sent back to Oakland for an MRI. Chris Bassitt, who pitched two quality starts during Gray’s absence, will start in Hahn’s place Saturday in Cleveland.
As of right now this is just being called a precaution which it could easily be. Plus, this is Hahn’s first full season as a big league starter and he is already nearing his career high in innings pitched with 96.2. This soreness could be nothing more than fatigue, but it is something worth keeping an eye one.
Sonny Gray may have won his game against the Yankees on Tuesday despite being still weakened and fatigued from his illness, but the same did not work out for Kazmir. He looked solid through his three innings, despite allowing a run in the second allowing Didi Gregorious, who doubled in Chris Young, to collect an RBI.
Reliever Evan Scribner came in to replace Kazmir and allowed two home runs to Mark Teixeira en-route to a 5-4 Yankees win. Scribner began the season strong but has the propensity to give up the long ball. He allowed just three home runs in his first 30 games for the Athletics this season but has allowed seven homers in his last 19.1 innings pitched.
Given the way A’s relievers have been shuffled around this season it’s possible that Scribner could end up back in Triple-A in place of another player like Dan Otero. Otero’s numbers have significantly improved since his demotion so he may be the next in line to return to the big league club.
Kazmir’s injury should be cause for concern for the A’s if Billy Beane is, in fact, looking to trade him but there are no guarantees that that will happen as Beane can be completely unpredictable in the moves he makes. Last season he deviated from his normal routine and went “all in” trading prospects and a slugger for big name players, his plan backfired.
Most expect him to go back to his old ways of acquiring prospects for his players who will be free agents at the end of the season, rather than just watching them walk away to a team with more money.
It’s still completely possible that he will trade Kazmir before the deadline as there has been plenty of interest. Scouts from six different teams were on hand for Kazmir’s three innings on Wednesday. However, a trade may now not be possible for the A’s if teams around the league deem Kazmir to be a risk.
After the game Kazmir downplayed his his tricep tightness.
Kazmir considers injury “super minor.” He wanted to continue pitching. If not for break, he feels he could make another start in five days.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 9, 2015
Kazmir played catch Thursday without issue and blames the muggy weather for his having to leave Wednesday’s game. This is good news for Beane and company, along with A’s fans and fantasy baseball owners everywhere. Kazmir struggled with a similar issue in early 2014 and came back strong after a bit of rest.
This could indicate that Kazmir’s tricep tightness is not necessarily a precursor for something more serious.
Kendall Graveman and Jesse Chavez have both remained strong and have been putting up quality starts. Graveman actually out-dueled the Seattle Mariners “King” Felix Hernandez in his last start, giving the A’s their first win at home against Hernandez at home in seven years.
Still, whether you are a fantasy owner, fan or another team scouting the A’s pitchers for a potential trade, keep an eye on the A’s starters now and after the All-Star break because it appears at least three in the starting rotation may be having issues.