The Oakland A’s have been without one of their key pieces for most of this season. Chad Pinder has dealt with assorted injuries this season which have kept him from really getting on track. His most recent injury, a strained hamstring, has kept him on the sidelines since July 7th.
Considering that the A’s have taken hits to their depth recently, they could certainly use Pinder back as soon as possible. There is hope that he could be back within the week as he is set to begin a rehab assignment.
A healthy Chad Pinder could be a boost for the Oakland A’s
A look at Pinder’s overall numbers for the season would not be promising. He has posted a disappointing .216/.269/.358 batting line in his 145 plate appearances, hitting three homers and ten doubles. His OPS+ of 76 is tied for his worst mark in the majors, with his previous low coming during a 22 game stint in 2016.
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However, those numbers are skewed. Pinder had been reasonably solid to begin the 2021 season after his first stint on the Injured List, only to fall apart over his final 18 games. He produced a miserable .130/.184/.174 batting line in those 49 plate appearances, hitting two doubles and drawing two walks while striking out 13 times.
If healthy, there is no question that Pinder can be an asset for the A’s. His ability to play both corner outfield spots, second, third, and short allows a great deal of versatility with the lineup. He has also been a strong bat off the bench, capable of producing solid power when called upon.
The A’s are hoping that will be the case over the final few weeks of the season. With Ramon Laureano having been lost due to his PED suspension, Pinder could have an even more prominent role than usual. But he needs to show that he is healthy first.
The Oakland A’s could certainly use Chad Pinder’s defensive versatility. They may have him back as soon as the end of the current week.