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Matt Chapman avoids the concussion protocol

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Last night Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was hit in the head by a Jakob Junis fastball. He stayed in the game at first but was eventually removed.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin told the press after the game that Chapman, while a little “blurry,” will avoid the concussion protocol. Whether that means he’ll miss any time is unknown — the A’s play a day game today against the Royals which would be a good time for a breather — but he won’t have to miss extended time.

Chapman is hitting .259/.344/.528 with 30 home runs, 74 RBI, and 85 runs scored in 550 plate appearances and he’s likely to take home the Gold Glove at third base. At the moment his A’s are a game up on the Rays for the second Wild Card.