While it looks like the Athletics dodged a bullet with Scott Kazmir’s triceps injury, they might not be so lucky with Jesse Hahn.
According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Hahn returned to Oakland on Thursday to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. He hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday due to tightness and the A’s apparently didn’t like what they saw during a bullpen session yesterday. Chris Bassitt is now expected to be called up from Triple-A to pitch against the Indians on Sunday.
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal over the winter, Hahn has a 3.35 ERA and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings over 16 starts this season. The 25-year-old previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010 while pitching at Virginia Tech, which caused him to fall to the sixth round with the Rays.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.