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.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.