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Matt Chapman underwent left thumb surgery

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The Athletics announced on Thursday that third baseman Matt Chapman underwent surgery — an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision — on his left thumb. Chapman is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in February.

Chapman, 25, just finished his first full season in the majors. He hit .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 616 plate appearances. He also played arguably the best defense among third basemen in the league. According to Baseball Reference, he was worth 8.2 Wins Above Replacement. The only players with more were Mookie Betts (10.9) and Mike Trout (10.2).

Chapman will not become eligible for arbitration until after the 2020 season, but the A’s were reportedly considering approaching him about a contract extension earlier this season. If that remains true, an extension could be hammered out by the start of next season, buying out both of his pre-arb years followed by three of his arb years and potentially one or two of his free agency years.

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.