Oakland A’s first baseman Matt Olson left today’s game against the Mariners with pain in his right hand. The A’s say that he felt pain after fouling off a pitch and then, later, had trouble gripping the bat. He’ll be reevaluated after he gets back to the states from Japan.
Speculation is always kinda dicey, but that fits the pattern of a hamate bone injury, which can sideline a hitter for months and months.
Olson, 24, hit 29 homers and drove in 84 while playing in all 162 of the A’s games last season. He’s obviously an important part of the Athletics’ lineup, so losing him for an extended period would be a bad thing.
Here’s hoping that it’s something far less serious than a hamate bone.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.