Brandon Moss to undergo hip surgery

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A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss will undergo hip surgery on October 21, the team announced.

Moss had a big first half, but then was terrible after the All-Star break by hitting .173 in 58 games. He revealed in late September that he’d been playing through torn cartilage in his hip, which made his two-homer performance in the Wild Card Game all the more surprising.

Moss has topped 20 homers in three straight seasons, proving to be a great scrap-heap pickup for the A’s, but now that he’s set to earn more than $5 million via the arbitration process it’s possible they could look to cheaper options.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.