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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.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.