Arroyo called on the carpet

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Bronson overshared a bit yesterday, and baseball now wants to “chat” with him a bit:

Major League Baseball plans to schedule a meeting with Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo, vice president Rich Levin said Thursday,
to discuss his comments to USA TODAY about taking supplements not
approved by MLB.

“We just want to chat with him,” Levin said, “just to make him aware of the (MLB-licensed) supplements out there.”

I’d also guess that the “chat” will involve something about this comment: “[supplements] might be dangerous, but so is drinking and driving. And
how many of us do it at least once a year? Pretty much everybody.”

Which, personally, I found much more troubling than anything he said about PEDs.

Matt Chapman to be sidelined for six weeks following shoulder surgery

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.

The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.

Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.