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Athletics place Matt Chapman on 10-day disabled list with right hand soreness

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The Athletics placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with right hand soreness, per an announcement on Friday. An MRI revealed no structural damage in the infielder’s hand, but the team will take things slow with what appears to be a lengthy recovery process. No concrete timetable for his return has been announced yet.

Chapman, 25, is in his second full season with the A’s. While he’s known more for his stellar glovework than his pop at the plate, he batted a healthy .250/.346/.447 with 10 home runs and a .793 OPS through his first 280 plate appearances of 2018. According to comments made by the infielder on Thursday, he had been playing through the pain in his right hand since spring training, though the issue appears to date back to last September.

It’s unclear what sort of short-term and long-term solutions the Athletics are currently considering for their star third baseman, but in the interim, Chad Pinder and Jed Lowrie are expected to split time at the hot corner. In a corresponding move, the A’s also recalled top prospect Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville. The 22-year-old Barreto got off to an underwhelming start in Triple-A this season, slashing .236/.335/.441 with seven homers in 186 PA; in his first major-league stint of the year, he went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.