Doubront’s injury may be what’s best for A’s

Doubront to have Tommy John surgery Tuesday

You’ve already heard this news I’m sure and we all (at least I did) completely saw it coming. Felix Doubront, who was named the Oakland A’s fifth starter in late March, couldn’t even make it through his first exhibition game against the Giants. 

Eric Surkamp
Eric Surkamp. Getty Images.

The now-interim fifth starter (perhaps permanent, we don’t know!)  Eric Surkamp came into the game, pitching seven scoreless innings and helped the A’s win that ballgame. 

It was an exhibition game but to hold that San Francisco Giants’ potent offense, keep them from scoring and secure an Athletics’ victory over a despised rival is a pretty big deal. This post is supposed to be around Doubront. If you’d like to know more about Surkamp just CLICK HERE to read my column on Today’s Knuckleball.

It was pretty obvious, the outcome off Felix Doubront’s injury. He left the game with forearm soreness ( Tommy John surgery sign number one). He had an MRI (sign number two). Got the doctor’s opinion and decided to seek a second opinion (sign number three and the nail in the coffin of the diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament and the inevitable, Tommy John surgery).

MLB.com’s Jane Lee reported the new on Twitter on Monday: 

Personally, I think this is good news for the club, of course not for Felix Doubront but the club never should have made him the fifth starter in the first place. Jesse Hahn may be having control issues but Doubront was the wrong answer. Until Hahn gets his act together or Henderson Alvarez returns from the disabled list or top pitching prospect Sean Manaea is called up from Double-A Midland – Surkamp was the way to go. 

When asked about using Surkamp as the fifth starter manager Bob Melvin said that Surkamp earned that spot when he took over for Doubront that Sunday. 

“The short answer, yes. At the beginning of the spring, we didn’t see him in the rotation, but he earned it.”

Surkamp also pitched well in his first start against the Seattle Mariners on Friday. He had not started a game in the majors since the 2013 season.

I feel for Doubront. You never want to see players put in that position, missing at least a year to a year and a half of the game, never. 

However, in this case I think it worked out best for Oakland.

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