Oakland A’s get lucky on injury front Saturday night
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s have had fairly good health this season. While a couple of their key contributors are sidelined, the A’s are in much better shape than many other teams. That has helped them remain somewhat competitive despite an overall lack of talent on the roster.
That good health was tested in short order on Saturday. Frankie Montas was struck in the hand with a line drive, being removed from the game after recording just five outs. Ramon Laureano also exited the game due to a hand injury as he was struck in the hand by a Michael Lorenzen pitch in the top of the second inning.
Oakland A’s dodge pair of injury bullets
Amazingly, both players appear to have avoided serious injury. Laureano underwent x-rays on his hand which revealed that nothing was broken. He is considered day-to-day and may even be in the lineup for Sunday’s matchup against Los Angeles.
The A’s received similar news with Montas. His x-rays were also negative, which was not necessarily a given after he exited due to numbness in his fingers. Montas said that numbness has gone away and he is expecting to make his next scheduled start, although that is not yet a given.
This news could also impact the A’s plans going forward. Montas is still on the trade block and is generating plenty of interest. It would not be a surprise to see him dealt by the trade deadline this year, especially as he may be the best arm available on the market.
The same could be said for Laureano. While there has not been much in the way of chatter surrounding Laureano, there are plenty of teams looking for a centerfielder. With his solid all around game and excellent defense, he could be a valuable trade chip as well.
The Oakland A’s had to be holding their breath with Ramon Laureano and Frankie Montas. Fortunately, both escaped serious injury.