The Athletics ran into a bit of trouble during the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Pirates. Right-hander Frankie Montas worked a full count against leadoff batter Adam Frazier in the bottom of the inning, then watched as his 97.9-m.p.h. fastball was returned to the left field corner. Khris Davis tracked the ball into the stands, but immediately winced after making an over-the-railing grab.
While it didn’t look like a particularly strenuous move, replay revealed that Davis’ hip had made hard contact with the railing moments before he caught the ball. He remained on the field as Montas finished off the inning, but was later replaced by Chad Pinder in the second.
Following his removal, the club diagnosed the left fielder with a left hip contusion. There’s no word yet on the extent of the damage or whether he’ll require a stint on the injured list.
The A’s currently trail the Pirates 1-0 in the fifth.
Last week there was a report that the San Diego Padres were doing “due diligence” on former Rangers manager and current Braves third base coach Ron Washington in connection with their managerial opening. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that Washington has already had an interview and that, in fact, the Padres are planning to call him back for a second round.
Also getting a second look: Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler. Which suggests that GM A.J. Preller, formerly a Rangers assistant GM, is favoring guys he knows from his time in Texas.
Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). He stepped down for personal reasons but since then has returned to the job in which he made his considerable reputation: coaching, specifically coaching infielders, and has gotten rave reviews. Assuming he’s back up for the grind of managing — and he wouldn’t be interviewing if he was not — he is definitely someone based on results and reputation who deserves another shot at the helm.
Tingler, a former Rangers farm hand, has coached in their organization at both the minor and major league levels for 12 years.