Aug. 1: The A’s announced that Gossett’s surgery was performed today
July 31: The Athletics announced that right-hander Daniel Gossett will undergo Tommy John surgery, thus ending his 2018 season and potentially causing him to sit out the entire 2019 campaign as well. Gossett, remarkably, becomes the fourth Athletics hurler to require Tommy John surgery in 2018 alone, joining teammates Jharel Cotton, Kendall Graveman and A.J. Puk in that most unwelcome distinction.
Gossett, 25, entered the season in the mix for a rotation spot with the A’s and made five starts over the course of the season before being pulled from his final outing on June 3 due to elbow discomfort. The right-hander has yet to enjoy much in the way of big league success to date, but he’s torn through Triple-A lineups with a 2.87 ERA, 8.2 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 through 128 2/3 innings in his career. In parts of five minor league seasons, the 2014 second-rounder owns an impressive 3.42 ERA with a 2.99 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 437 1/3 frames.
The A’s have, of course, been thriving without any of their injured pitcher for much of the summer, but the loss of Gossett nonetheless thins out their staff and leaves the team with fewer depth options should any member of the current rotation go down with an injury. At present, that group consists of Sean Manaea and well-traveled veterans Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson and Edwin Jackson — making both Oakland’s contending run and their lack of a rotation addition prior to today’s non-waiver trade deadline both a bit surprising.
Gossett will finish out the year with one-plus years of MLB service time, so he won’t be eligible for arbitration this winter. If Oakland is comfortable dedicating a 40-man roster spot to him all offseason, they can retain him into next year and place him on the 60-day DL as soon as Spring Training opens. The A’s can control Gossett through 2023, so they have plenty of incentive to follow that route if they believe him capable of functioning as either a serviceable rotation piece of bullpen arm down the line.