The Athletics have been rolling lately, but not everything is glorious for the American League wild-card leaders. Manager Bob Melvin said Monday that outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s high right ankle sprain might keep him out for the rest of the regular season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Piscotty, who hasn’t played since Aug. 24, is still dealing with soreness in his ankle, according to Melvin. That continues what has been a tough campaign for the 28-year-old Piscotty, a highly valuable Athletic last season who has only managed a .252/.312/.416 line with 13 home runs in 389 plate appearances. Piscotty has missed quite a bit of time along the way, as he previously sat out after he underwent surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear and was later shelved with a right knee sprain.
A healthy Piscotty has been the A’s go-to pick in right field this year, but they’ve turned the position over to a mix of Chad Pinder, Robbie Grossman, Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano in his absence. Oakland has carried on just fine with that group, evidenced by the club’s 15-6 record since Piscotty last played.
If the A’s earn a playoff spot in a couple weeks but Piscotty’s still unable to suit up, they’ll likely place left-hander Jesus Luzardo on their postseason roster, Slusser suggests. The phenom Luzardo, 21, has thrown six innings of two-run ball in a pair of appearances since debuting in the majors Sept. 11.