Brandon Moss loves him some Coors Field. The new Athletics first baseman hit his fourth homer of the series in Colorado and doubled twice Thursday as part of an 8-2 win over the Rockies.
Ross has now played in eight games, starting seven of them, since being called up by the A’s earlier this month. In 26 at-bats, he has seven hits: five homers and the two doubles today.
Prior to the callup, Moss had totaled 15 homers in 678 major league at-bats. He received his most extensive action with the Pirates in 2009 and hit .236 with seven homers in 385 at-bats. It took him nearly 2 1/2 years to earn another real opportunity, and the A’s might have waited longer to give him a chance if not for his June 15 opt out of his minor league deal. Now it looks like he’ll get a long look as the team’s starting first baseman.
Before wrapping this one up, I should also note here that Moss isn’t the only player doing nothing but collecting extra-base hits this year; Adrian Cardenas, an A’s castoff, has five hits in 32 at-bats for the Cubs so far, all of them doubles.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.