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Matt Olson underwent surgery on his right hand

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Athletics first baseman Matt Olson underwent a right hamate excision in Los Angeles on Friday, per an official announcement. The club has not yet placed him on the injured list, though it’s all but expected that he’ll miss significant time in recovery.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old infielder suffered the injury during the fifth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Mariners on Thursday, when he felt some pain in his hand after fouling off a pitch from Seattle southpaw Yusei Kikuchi. He finished out his at-bat with a single to right field and was brought home to score by Marcus Semien‘s RBI base hit later in the inning. Mark Canha subbed in for Olson at the top of the sixth inning.

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Olson and the A’s as they return to the United States for their first home games next week. Olson is coming off of some career-best totals in 2018, for which he earned his first Gold Glove Award after slashing .247/.335/.453 with 29 home runs, a .788 OPS, and 3.4 fWAR across 660 plate appearances. A date has not been set for his return to the lineup.

Gio González is now a free agent

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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.