Throughout the 2013 season, the Oakland Athletics have had pretty good luck when it comes to keeping players off of the disabled list. However, the number of Athletics on the DL has been growing lately. Ranging from players who are out for the season to players who are on a day-to-day basis, the list needs to stop growing if the Athletics want to get out of their current slump.
The players who are on the DL long term are players who went out early in the 2013 season. First there is pitcher Brett Anderson. After starting on Opening Day, Anderson only pitched for the first month of the season before landing on the DL on May 1st with a sprained right ankle and a stress fracture in his right foot. Since then, Anderson has pitched a few simulation innings in July, and pitched to batters for the first time on August 2nd. It is rumored that he will come back to Athletics bullpen as a reliever, but this will only be determined after Anderson finishes his rehab assignment in Triple-A.
Then there is right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, who landed on the DL before opening day with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Two days after acquiring the injury, Rodriguez underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. The same fate was in store for second baseman Scott Sizemore who went out April 10th with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. On April 16th, Sizemore underwent surgery that ended the season for him.
Since these first three injuries in the early part of the season, there has not been much to worry about until now. First, catcher John Jaso went on the seven-day DL with a concussion. But fast forward three weeks, and Jaso is still experiencing concussion symptoms. Tuesday, Jaso traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to see concussion expert Dr. Michael Collins. The result have yet to be announced.
Then we have our day-to-day injured players. Coco Crisp has been out the past two games with left wrist soreness. He pinch-ran on Tuesday, but was still out of the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game. Similar to Crisp, catcher Derek Norris has been out since August 11th with back spasms and tightness. He had hoped to come back for Wednesday’s game, however, like Crisp, Norris’ name was also absent from the starting lineup.
Two other Athletics- Yoenis Cespedes and Alberto Callaspo- were also injured after the All-Star break, but have since recovered. Cespedes was out with left wrist soreness for a few games after the All-Star break- probably from blasting a total of 32 home runs during the 2013 Home Run Derby. He has since recovered and continues to be the Athletics slugging All-Star.
Shortly after Callaspo was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, he exited August 7th’s game with a forearm injury after a play at the plate. But Callaspo rebounded quickly and was back in the lineup a couple days later.
With the majority of the Athletics’ injuries occurring in the second half of the season, it does not help the Oakland Athletics uphold the their reputation of being a second-half team. Hopefully the currently injured Athletics will return to the lineup soon. Without them, the Athletics do not have a great chance of taking back the American League West lead from the Texas Rangers.