The Oakland Athletics will now have to play without right hander Kendall Graveman. The righty suffered a strain in his oblique and therefore will not be able to perform for the rest of the season.
The injury was experienced last Sunday when the Athletics clashed with the Rays. Manager Bob Melvin was very technical in his statement. He stated that the pitcher will not be allowed to lay his hands on any ball for the next four weeks.
“So whether or not the rest of the season is in jeopardy for him, we’re not sure yet,” Melvin said, “but it could be a significant amount of time.”
In the mean time, the Athletics have recalled Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville so that he can take Graveman’s position. Besides that, the injured pitcher was on Monday spotted around Bay neighborhood. Graveman was there to go through an MRI screening procedure.
As a matter of fact, the Athletics have already added the righty to their disabled list. From the look of things, Melvin can still limp with the four starters. But since Muncy is not a starter, he will have to look for a reliable pitcher by early next month. Aaron Brooks is said to be the most ideal replacement.
This season alone, Graveman has participated in 21 games of the regular season for the Athletics. He actually succeeded in recording 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA.
The performance of the rookie had at one time deteriorated which forced the team to demote him. By then, he had recorded 8.27 ERA after appearing in four games. He later improved his performance and was taken back to earn 3.35 ERA.
“When you’re looking to see how younger pitchers are responding to a full season, we think he’s better for it, and he did really well when he had some adversity,” Melvin said, “and was able to bounce back from it.”
As for Muncy, this is his third year and he is yet to debut in the big league. The rookie has so far appeared in 35 games where he managed to record .207 hits coupled with two runs.
In other news, Felix Doubront is slowly healing from his foot injury. According to Melvin’s statement, the lefty is set to come back on Saturday and play against the D-backs in Arizona.
Doubront had experienced a contusion in his right foot after attempting to go for a comebacker in Seattle on Monday. The lefty was spotted on Wednesday working out with his mates as usual.
Saturday’s game will be Doubront’s first encounter with the D-backs in Athletics uniform. He however clashed with them back in 2013 when he was in Red Sox.