Matt Olson appeared in all 162 games a year ago, tallying a career-best 29 home runs and 84 RBI in his first full season in the big leagues.
On Sunday, Olson appeared in his sixth game of the 2019 campaign and launched his first round-tripper, a solo shot to right-center.
That was Olson's first home run since Sept. 26, 2018 -- a grand slam off future Hall of Famer Felix Hernandez.
Olson made his season debut in Tuesday's homestand opener after a six-and-a-half week layoff resulting from March 22 surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right wrist. He went 5-for-23 at the plate over the six-game homestand, over which the A's went 4-2.
"It’s been wild,” Olson told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle following Oakland's series-ending 5-3 defeat Sunday. “I’m not really easing myself back in. We had some close games and some tense moments, but it was good to come out with two series wins."
Olson's home run was also his first RBI of the season, two categories in which manager Bob Melvin expects Olson's totals to increase in short order.
"With a hand injury like that, sometimes the power takes a little while to come back, but it hasn’t looked like it,” Melvin said after the loss. “It’s just about seeing more pitches, getting comfortable and getting more at-bats. When you get your first home run, you feel a little bit better about your progress. I think he’s doing fine."
After finding their footing at home, the A's now head out on a nine-game road trip through Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to the just-completed homestand, they were coming off a nine-game road trip in which they went 1-8.
Olson wasn't active for that last road trip. He will be for this next one. You can be sure both he and the A's are glad he'll be along for the ride.