Outfielder Stephen Piscotty is headed to the injured list, the Athletics announced Sunday. Piscotty was removed from Saturday’s game against the Angels with a right knee sprain and may have sustained additional damage, for which he’s expected to undergo further evaluation on Monday.
The outfielder was forced to make a swift exit on Saturday after twisting his knee on a slide at second base during the sixth inning. Moments after lacing a single into left field, he sprinted toward second in an attempt to stretch the play into a double, but collided with Luis Rengifo at the bag and caught his foot on the base as he made the turn.
The severity of the sprain has yet to be determined, though there was some speculation that Piscotty may have torn something during the incident. Pending the results of Monday’s MRI, the club should have an idea of his recovery timetable in the next few days. The 28-year-old is currently batting .242/.306/.391 with nine home runs and a .696 OPS across 328 plate appearances in his second campaign with the A’s.
In a corresponding move, infielder/outfielder Franklin Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and is slated to start at second base for the team on Sunday. Barreto has bounced in and out of the 25-man roster a few times this year and currently holds a .296/.379/.549 batting line, 12 home runs, and a .927 OPS in 318 PA at the Triple-A level.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.