Brandon Moss has played through torn hip cartilage, will need offseason surgery

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A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss has slumped badly in the second half, hitting just .179 with 63 strikeouts in 54 games, and he revealed to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s been playing through a “bone-on-bone” hip injury for most of the year.

Moss sat out Wednesday’s game after getting a cortisone injection and says he’ll need to undergo offseason surgery to repair torn cartilage because “the shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won’t fix it.”

Moss was a fantastic scrap-heap pickup for the A’s in 2012 and 2013, hitting a combined .269 with 51 homers and an .894 OPS in 229 games, and he posted similar numbers in the first half. Playing through the injury has proven to be a horrible decision, as is usually the case.