Pinder is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pinder went 4-for-11 with a double, a run, a stolen base and three RBI while starting the last three games, but the Athletics were opposing a southpaw starting pitcher in each of those contests. With a righty (Shohei Ohtani) on the hill for the series finale, the righty-hitting Pinder will hit the bench in favor of the lefty-hitting Seth Brown. Pinder looks like he'll be stuck in a short-side platoon role for the rest of the season.
Pinder started in right field and went 0-for-2 in Sunday's loss to the Rangers but is still hitting .318 (7-for-22) over his last eight games. Pinder has drawn six starts, including Sunday's, over that span, and he's contributed a double, a triple, three RBI, two walks and four runs within that sample. The modest surge represents a notable improvement compared to Pinder's production over his first seven games upon returning from an extended stay on the injured list in the latter part of August, a stretch during which he hit a miserable .083 (1-for-12).
Pinder is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. Pinder was included in the starting nine in each of the last three games, but the Athletics faced lefty starting pitchers in each of those contests. The righty-hitting Pinder will head to the bench Wednesday versus Tigers right-handed Wily Peralta, allowing the lefty-hitting Tony Kemp to pick up a start in left field. Kemp looks like he'll occupy the larger side of a platoon with Pinder in the corner outfield while Seth Brown (illness) is on the COVID-19 injured list.
Pinder drew the start in right field in a win over the Yankees on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run. The two-bagger eventually led to Pinder scoring the first run of the game off a Tony Kemp single, and it also snapped the stretch of 10 consecutive plate appearances the utilityman had gone hitless in over his first five games back from the injured list. Pinder's starting opportunities have been few and far between since his return, but Stephen Piscotty's season-ending wrist injury could serve to open up additional outfield opportunities the rest of the way.
Pinder is 0-for-3 with two walks in his first two games back from a stint on the injured list due to a hamstring strain. Pinder wasn't in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants after drawing the start in right field in his return Friday, but he entered the game as a pinch hitter for Tony Kemp and then remained in the game at third base. Given his extensive defensive versatility, Pinder should be in for fairly consistent playing time down the stretch run of the regular season.
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