Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn was placed on the disabled list last week with a flexor tendon injury and his absence appears likely to stretch well into the second half of the season.
According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Thursday that Hahn is looking at a “somewhat extended stay” on the disabled list. Chris Bassitt will fill his spot in Oakland’s rotation for now.
“We’re going to be conservative with Jesse,’’ Beane said. “And the tough thing with is starters is once they’re shut down, it take a while to build back up. So it’ll be longer rather than shorter. But Bassitt has come in and pitched very well and kept us very much in the game, so that’s been good.’’
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal last December, Hahn has a 3.35 ERA (114 ERA+) over 16 starts this season. While his strikeout rate has dropped seven percent from last season (22.9 percent to 15.8 percent), he has averaged 2.33 BB/9 to go along with a ground ball rate of 52.6 percent. The 25-year-old previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010, so it’s understandable why the Athletics are being cautious with him.
A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn will be shut down for at least two weeks and placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained forearm.
Hahn hasn’t pitched since July 1 and his arm responded poorly to a recent bullpen session, at which point the A’s sent him for an MRI exam. Obviously a strained forearm is better news than structural damage, but given Hahn’s history of arm problems it’s still very worrisome.
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal this winter, Hahn has started 16 games for the A’s with a 3.35 ERA and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 97 innings.
While it looks like the Athletics dodged a bullet with Scott Kazmir’s triceps injury, they might not be so lucky with Jesse Hahn.
According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Hahn returned to Oakland on Thursday to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. He hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday due to tightness and the A’s apparently didn’t like what they saw during a bullpen session yesterday. Chris Bassitt is now expected to be called up from Triple-A to pitch against the Indians on Sunday.
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal over the winter, Hahn has a 3.35 ERA and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings over 16 starts this season. The 25-year-old previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010 while pitching at Virginia Tech, which caused him to fall to the sixth round with the Rays.