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Athletics place Sean Manaea on 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement

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Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement, per an official announcement on Sunday. The move is retroactive to August 24.

Manaea, 26, made an early exit from his start against the Twins on Friday. He set down five innings of one-run, one-strikeout ball before his outing was capped at just 67 pitches, though manager Bob Melvin told reporters that he made the decision to remove the southpaw based on an iffy track record over the last several weeks rather than any pressing health concerns. That apparently changed over the last two days, though it’s not clear when Manaea sustained the injury or whether he’ll be able to recover by the 10-day minimum.

The left-hander has been among the A’s most stable pitchers this season, with a 12-9 record in 27 starts and a 3.59 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 over 160 2/3 innings. He experienced a few ups and downs since the start of the month — in five starts, he’s only made it out of the fifth inning twice and has experienced a few velocity issues throughout the season as well — but finally appeared to be getting back on track during his last outing. He’ll be replaced on the roster by right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and holds a 3.71 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 through 53 1/3 innings in the majors this year.

Evan Gattis says he is ‘done playing’ baseball

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In a recent appearance on the 755 Is Real Podcast, hosted by The Athletic’s David O’Brien and former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty, catcher Evan Gattis confirmed he is “done playing” baseball. Gattis said back in October that he didn’t have any desire to continue playing the game, so this news comes as no surprise.

Gattis, 33, hit .226/.284/.452 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI for the Astros in 2018. The Astros did not extend him a qualifying offer, then $17.9 million. Though reporting on specific offers is scant, it is hard to imagine he received zero offers, or would have received zero offers if he were still interested in playing.

Gattis has one of the more interesting stories out there. He was a well-regarded college baseball prospect, but he battled anxiety and substance abuse. He checked into rehab and, temporarily, abandoned his baseball-related pursuits. Gattis eventually resumed playing college baseball but suffered an injury, prompting him to drop out of college. He went on to take on some not-so-glamorous jobs, including working in a pizza shop, as a parking valet, a ski-lift operator, and a janitor. Gattis battled more mental health issues, suffering from insomnia and depression, resulting in suicidal ideation. He checked into an inpatient psychiatric ward for several days. Afterwards, Gattis roamed around the west coast, going from Colorado to New Mexico to California to Wyoming.

In 2010, Gattis returned to baseball, playing for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He performed rather well, resulting in his being drafted by the Braves in the 23rd round that year. He worked his way through the minors quickly, debuting in the majors in 2013. The rest, as they say, is history. Gattis retires with a career .248/.300/.476 batting line along with 139 home runs, 410 RBI, and 299 runs scored over 2,662 trips to the plate.

The story of Gattis is an important one because mental health in general was not taken seriously, especially among men. It still isn’t, to a large degree, but it’s better now than it was 10 years ago. Due to social taboos and gender norms, men are much less likely to seek help for mental health issues. That Gattis — a burly avatar of testosterone — was willing to be vulnerable about his struggles with his mental health was important.