Olson is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Olson sits for the first time since returning from the injured list May 7. He'll head to the bench in favor of Mark Canha with lefty Matthew Boyd on the hill for the Tigers, but it doesn't appear as though he's destined for a platoon role, as he started twice against lefties earlier in the week.
Olson went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Tigers. Olson took Blaine Hardy deep in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. While he went 4-for-20 across his first five starts after being activated from the injured list, Olson has since homered in three of his last four games. While 13 strikeouts across his 47 plate appearances this season has kept Olson's batting average to a .214 mark, his power production is certainly returning to form.
Olson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Monday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Mariners. The hand injury which cost him 34 games doesn't seem to be affecting Olson's power stroke at all, despite an earlier-than-expected return from the IL -- he's now gone yard in back-to-back games. The first baseman now sports a .219/.324/.438 slash line in nine contests sandwiched around the injury.
Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Sunday against Cleveland. Olson left the yard in the sixth inning for the first time this year, but it wasn't enough to power Oakland to victory. In eight games since coming off the injured list, the 25-year-old is 6-for-28 with three walks and two extra-base hits.
Olson went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Reds on Thursday. Olson managed the only multi-hit effort of the night for the Athletics in a game during which their offense was thoroughly stymied. The young infielder has now put together a pair of two-hit tallies in his three games since returning to action following his hand injury, with Thursday's two-bagger serving as his first extra-base hit of the season. Olson is still in the process of getting his timing back at the plate, however -- he's struck out two times apiece in each of his first three games since returning.
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