Semien helped his teammates pile on as they completed a four-game sweep, capping Oakland's bonanza with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. He also contributed a run-scoring double earlier in the contest, matching his season high for RBI in a single game. Semien's struggled during the second half, but his bat came alive during the Royals series with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. The slugging shortstop now has 25 home runs and 66 RBI on the season -- both career highs -- but is slashing just .235/.296/.436.
Semien was 0-for-3 Friday night against the Red Sox to lower his average to .239.
Semien has been hanging out around .240 most of the season, but up until the last month he had at least been pairing that with nice power. Semien's pop has dried up recently as he only has one homer to go with six RBI since August first. Semien does have 23 bombs on the season, but could be tiring as he heads to the finish line of a long season.
Semien was placed on the paternity list Wednesday, as expected, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.
He was away from the team Tuesday and will miss another game Wednesday to be with his wife and newborn son. However, Semien will return for Oakland's next game Friday against the Cardinals, and figures to serve as the everyday shortstop through the end of the season. Reliever J.B. Wendelken was recalled Wednesday as a corresponding move and Chad Pinder figures to get the start at shortstop Wednesday.
Semien is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.
He is listed on the lineup card as a reserve but Semien is not with the team Tuesday, according to Joe Stiglich of CSN California, after Semien and his wife welcomed a son into the world Monday night. The A's are expected to move Semien to the paternity list Wednesday but he should be back for Friday's series opener in St. Louis.
Semien is expected to be placed on the paternity list in the near future, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Contrary to earlier reports, Semien has yet to be placed on the paternity list, although the move will be made in the near future. While Semien could technically be available for Monday's game, he's with his family awaiting the arrival of his child. At this point in time, look for Chad Pinder to start at shortstop and bat ninth Monday evening.
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