Chapman left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with a sore left ankle. Chapman had fouled two pitches off his foot prior to leaving the game. The initial diagnosis of soreness suggests that Chapman isn't due for a lengthy absence, though it's possible the diagnosis changes after further tests. Chad Pinder and Jurickson Profar could fill in at third base if Chapman misses an extended period.
Chapman was removed from Wednesday's game with an apparent injury, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. The reason behind Chapman's removal is not yet known, though it's worth noting that the third baseman was walking gingerly after fouling a pair of pitches off his foot in the first inning. Chad Pinder took over at third base for Chapman prior to the third inning, with Robbie Grossman entering the lineup in left field.
Chapman led Oakland to a win over Seattle on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and five runs batted in. Chapman plated Oakland's first two runs with a single in the third inning, then knocked in two more with a home run in the fifth. He capped the offensive onslaught with a double in the seventh to drive home yet another run. The long ball brought Chapman's season total to 22, only two short of his career high. The 26-year-old is now slashing .278/.360/.554 with 59 RBI in 352 at-bats this season as he continues to cement his name near the top of the list of baseball's brightest young stars.
Chapman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, another two-bagger and two runs in a win over the White Sox on Saturday. Chapman played a prominent role in the Athletics' 13-hit outburst, continuing his hot post-All-Star-break start. The third baseman had also gone 2-for-4 during a win in Friday's series opener, and he's now hitting .321 (9-for-28) overall in his first seven games of July.
Chapman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners. Manager Bob Melvin is likely just awarding Chapman a maintenance day while the 26-year-old gears up for his All-Star debut Tuesday. Chad Pinder will fill in for Chapman at the hot corner in the final game of the first half.
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