The Athletics announced a little while ago that starter Sean Manaea will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder. The A’s didn’t say what the surgery was, exactly, but they said they will provide further details afterwards.
For what it’s worth, Manaea had been on the disabled list since August 26 with a shoulder impingement. It’s not clear when Manaea sustained the injury. He was effective in his last start just before being DL’d, allowing one run over five innings against the Twins.
Before going on the shelf Manaea had a 12-9 record in 27 starts and a 3.59 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 over 160.2 innings. Since he went down the A’s have increasingly leaned on their bullpen, moving to a Rays-style “opener”/bullpen game approach on a handful of occasions. If they make the playoffs and advance beyond the Wild Card game, we’ll likely see more of that from them.
Manaea’s season is over, however. He’ll be seeing whatever we see of the A’s from the same perspective: as a spectator.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.