Kendall Graveman’s promising rookie season is on hold, as the A’s placed the 24-year-old right-hander on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Graveman was acquired from the Blue Jays in the offseason deal for Josh Donaldson and struggled initially, getting sent back to the minors in late April. He returned to Oakland’s rotation a month later and has been very solid since, throwing 99 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 70/29 K/BB ratio.
Given the lingering nature of oblique strains, Graveman’s workload, and the A’s last-place standing it’s possible he’ll simply be shut down for the season at some point.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”