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.
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.