Pinder missed a month to a sprained knee
Chi is back!
The Oakland A’s activated Chad Pinder from the injured list on Friday, the team announced. To make room on the active roster, infielder Vimael Machin was optioned to Triple-A. Pinder isn’t in the evening’s starting lineup.
This is a big addition for the A’s. Pinder was a breakout candidate entering the season, coming off an iconic playoff performance last October and then a monster spring. He was 3-for-10 with a homer when he sprained his left knee in the fourth game of the year, costing him the rest of April and half of May.
- Pinder, 2021: 3-for-10, HR, 5 Ks, .410 xwOBA
He also shined on defense before his injury. He made two run-saving catches in the outfield on Opening Day, and the play on which he hurt himself a few days later was a leaping grab at the wall.
In addition to Pinder’s sparkling work in the outfield, the super-sub is also an option on the infield, where he spent his entire minor league career. That could come in handy if the A’s want an alternate option to Elvis Andrus (32 wRC+) on a given day.
Among incumbent outfielders, Ramon Laureano has been dealing with a thumb issue that cost him one game on Sunday, though he’s started every game since.
Meanwhile, Machin heads back to the minors after a stint as the utilityman on Oakland’s bench. In nine games, the lefty batter went 1-for-20 with two walks and seven strikeouts, and on defense he helped out at each of 2B, SS, and 3B. Before physically reporting to Triple-A, he will remain with the A’s on their road trip as part of the taxi squad, but on paper he’s in the minors and not on the team right now.
Here’s the updated roster, with the injury report below.
Chris Bassitt (R)
IL: Jesús Luzardo (L)
Lou Trivino (R)
IL: A.J. Puk (L)
Sean Murphy (R)
1B: Matt Olson (L)
Mark Canha (R)
- RHP Trevor Rosenthal, 60-day IL, thoracic outlet surgery (July at least)
- RHP Mike Fiers, 10-day IL, elbow (shut down 5/8, for a couple weeks)
- RHP J.B. Wendelken, 10-day IL, oblique (no timetable yet)
- LHP Jesús Luzardo, 10-day IL, finger (week-to-week; end of May?)
- LHP A.J. Puk, 10-day IL, biceps (on rehab in Triple-A)
UT Chad Pinder, BACK IN ACTION, knee (activated 5/14)