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01.07.2019 04:25
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HOUSTON — health for the first time in two months , the Oakland Athletics received on Tuesday a double dose of troubling news related to injuries.Left-hander Brett Anderson, shelled for five runs over 2 2/3 innings on Monday against the Astros, returned to Oakland to undergo tests after experiencing forearm discomfort during the appearance.Anderson struggled to throw his breaking ball and recorded zero swings and misses on his 16 sliders. He had allowed just two earned runs over four August starts prior to suffering the loss, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in 2018.Article continues below ...Additionally, ace left-hander Sean Manaea was, following further examination, diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis after initially being placed on the DL over the weekend with a left shoulder impingement. Manaea, who far and away leads the Athletics with 160 2/3 innings pitched, has been shut down with no immediate timetable for his return. Right-handers Daniel Mengden and Frankie Montas will replace Anderson and Manaea in the rotation Yunel Escobar Jersey , with Montas slated to start on Thursday and Mengden on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.Oakland starting pitchers have now combined for 11 stints on the DL.“Obviously not ideal to lose two more starters this late in the season but again, like it has all season for us, gives somebody else an opportunity,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “Mengden and Montas have both done a good job for us over the course of the season and they’ll be the next two guys up.“We’ve kind of had waves as the season’s went along starting in spring training. With Sean being the only guy that was in the rotation the entire season, that one’s probably a little more difficult, not that any of them aren’t difficult. But to lose your guy who’s been the ace of your staff for the better part of the season, that one’s a little tougher to digest. But again, it’s what we have to deal with and we move forward.”Oakland evened the three-game series with a 4-3 win Tuesday night.Right-hander Trevor Cahill (5-2, 3.44 ERA) will start the rubber match Wednesday for the Athletics (80-53). For Cahill Martin Maldonado Jersey , it will mark his 300th career appearance. He is 1-3 with a 6.92 ERA over eight road starts this season and is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA over five career appearances (four starts) against Houston. Cahill is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA over three starts against the Astros this season.Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54 ERA) starts on Wednesday for Houston (81-51). He is 6-6 with a 2.99 ERA in his career against Oakland, 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA over three starts in 2018.When Astros right-hander Charlie Morton completed his outing in Tuesday’s loss with 89 pitches on his ledger, it marked the fifth time in as many starts this month that he tossed fewer than 100 pitches. In fact, of the 20 combined starts from Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Morton in August, that quartet has totaled five 100-pitch outings. All four are averaging fewer than 100 pitches per start this month.“I think my mindset is to go with the starter as long as he’s effective, as long as we feel like he’s the best option at the current time ,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Our bullpen, as deep as it’s gotten, has created some earlier opportunities for me to get guys off the field in the early- to mid-90s. But I’m always mindful.” The New York Yankees may not make shortstop Manny Machado a priority in free agency after all.According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Bronx Bombers' baseball operations and scouting departments are "lukewarm" on signing Machado in light of his "postseason antics." Martino mentioned Machado's failure to run out multiple balls put in play and the idea that opponents think he plays the game in a dirty way as reasons why New York is "wary" of adding him on a long-term deal.Machado would be a natural on-field fit for the Yankees considering shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy Johnsurgeryand is expected to miss time during the 2019 campaign. He could slide into the vacated spot in the infield and provide offense and defense as a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glover.He slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2018 campaign and helped the latter reach the World Series. He would also add another potent bat to a New York lineup that set a single-season record for team home runs with 267 during the 2018 campaign.However, Machado turned heads when he said of his perceived lack of hustle, perKen Rosenthalof The Athletic, "Obviously I'm not going to change. I'm not the type of player that's going to be 'Johnny Hustle' and run down the line and slide to first base and ... you know, whatever can happen. That's just not my personality, that's not my cup of tea Darin Erstad Jersey , that's not who I am."What's more, Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Christian Yelich called him "a dirty player" after he appeared to kick first baseman Jesus Aguilar's foot during a groundout in the National League Championship Series, perStephen Watsonof WISN.The incident sparked a clearing of the benches, and Machado also made contact with the heel of Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce during a groundout in the World Series.The addition of Machado would make the Yankees all the more dangerous after an offensive explosion led to 100 wins during the regular season. He would help them challenge the champion Red Sox as well, but the front office is weighing concerns as the offseason kicks off.

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