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.