11:55am: The A’s have placed Piscotty on the IL and recalled infielder/outfielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced.
8:53am: Athetics right fielder Stephen Piscotty exited the team’s win over the Angels on Saturday with a right knee sprain, Oakland announced. Piscotty incurred the injury while sliding into second base and then needed assistance getting off the field (video via Martin Gallegos of MLB.com). The A’s aren’t “a hundred percent sure” Piscotty avoided a tear, according to manager Bob Melvin, so he’ll undergo an MRI on Sunday.
A stint on the IL looks like a possibility for Piscotty, who hasn’t been on the shelf since suffering a groin injury with the Cardinals in 2017. Piscotty didn’t even go to the IL earlier this month after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear. The 28-year-old has been a mainstay in the A’s lineup since they acquired him prior to last season, having appeared in 151 games in 2018 and 76 during the current campaign.
While Piscotty was one of the A’s best players during their playoff-bound ’18, his numbers have gone backward for the postseason contenders this year. Across 328 plate appearances, Piscotty has batted .242/.306/.391 (88 wRC+) with nine home runs. Still, considering Piscotty is clearly Oakland’s preferred option in right, having to go without him would be a burdensome task for the club.
Aside from Piscotty and primary left fielder Robbie Grossman, only Chad Pinder, Mark Canha, designated hitter Khris Davis and Skye Bolt have racked up corner outfield starts for the A’s in 2019. Grossman has been a liability against left-handed pitchers, while Pinder has struggled against righties. Conversely, Canha has held his own against pitchers of either handedness, making him one of the A’s premier hitters in general this season.