Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder.
Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery, so the A’s rotation depth is suddenly being tested in a big way.
McCarthy has a long history of injuries, so this setback is unfortunate after he resuscitated his career by winning a rotation spot in spring training and then posting a 3.29 ERA with a 37/10 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.
Oakland added some pitching reinforcements in the form of Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, and Fautino De Los Santos, but with all three of those guys being relievers they will have some other moves coming shortly.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.