Stephen Piscotty Questionable For Opening Day
The Athletics are shutting outfielder Stephen Piscotty down after an MRI revealed that his intercostal pressure is “slightly worse” than anticipated, supervisor Bob Melvin informed reporters Friday (Twitter hyperlink through Martin Gallegos of MLB.com). The Athletics aren’t fully ruling out a situation whereby Piscotty is able to go on Opening Day, however his outlook is a bit unsure in the mean time.
Piscotty, 29, loved a powerful debut marketing campaign with Oakland in 2018 after being traded over from the Cardinals, hitting .267/.331/.491 with 27 homers and 41 doubles. Knee and ankle troubles plagued him in 2019, although, and his ensuing .249/.309/.412 slash with 13 homers and 17 doubles marked a notable step again.
At the moment, Piscotty is slated to be Oakland’s main proper fielder even regardless of the 2019 downturn. That’s partially as a consequence of his upside but in addition partially as a consequence of the truth that he’s being paid $7MM in 2020 below the phrases of the six-year, $33.5MM extension he signed with the Cardinals again in April 2017. That deal runs by the 2022 season, paying Piscotty $7.25MM in each 2021 and 2022, and it additionally comprises a $15MM membership possibility for 2023 (with a $1MM buyout).
If Piscotty isn’t able to go come Opening Day, the A’s aren’t quick on options. Veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman is in his ultimate 12 months of membership management earlier than he reaches free company, and utilityman Chad Pinder has loads of expertise within the outfield corners as effectively. Ought to the membership elect to easily elevate the position of Grossman and/or Pinder, which may assist to open the door for out-of-options Jorge Mateo to make the membership in a utility capability. It’s additionally price noting that the A’s have outfielders Dustin Fowler, Skye Bolt and Luis Barrera on the 40-man roster as effectively. Each Fowler and Bolt have large league expertise.
Nevertheless Piscotty progresses, it doesn’t sound at current like there’s any motive to imagine that his harm is a long-term difficulty. Nonetheless, the A’s have three out-of-options gamers and a Rule 5 decide vying for his or her second base gig — Mateo, Franklin Barreto, Tony Kemp and Vimael Machin — so an early-season IL stint for Piscotty might create some extra time to decide on that group of gamers.