The A’s will be without their star third baseman Matt Chapman for a few days, manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Monday.
Chapman has been diagnosed with right hip tendonitis and is presumed to be day-to-day.
Chapman left Sunday’s game ahead of the fifth inning after an attempt on a grounder from San Diego Padres’ Jurickson Profar. Chapman was pivoting to make the play which could have been the main cause, but Melvin said after the 5-3 loss, Chapman had been dealing with issues in the area before.
For now, Chapman is not expected to land on the Injured List, but the A’s will worry about that later.
Shortstop Marcus Semien has missed the last four games due to side soreness he suffered during last weekend's series against the Houston Astros.
Even with a week off after A’s pitcher Daniel Mengden tested positive for coronavirus, it wasn’t enough time for Semien to heal. He began the process of taking batting practice, however. He will do that on Monday for the first time after light workouts and tee work over the past week.
It’s a positive step in the right direction, but certainly a blow to the team as they face the Astros for a five-game series.