Boog Powell has had nearly 800 plate appearances in Triple-A over the past three seasons and fewer than 150 at the major-league level in that same time. Throughout his time in the minors, he has shown the ability to utilize his speed to slap at the ball and get on base even if he does not attempt as many steals as people would like. Then again, he has a poor 61 percent success rate stealing bases in the minors and a 62 percent rate in Triple-A. He is now in his second stint with Oakland after spending time with Kansas City, Seattle and Tampa Bay in recent years around a PED suspension in 2016. Powell has an option remaining, so president of baseball operations Billy Beane can send him back and forth this year as roster situations dictate the need. He may enter cap as the favorite to be the Opening Day starter in center field, but if he does not get better at stealing bases, it will not matter since he offers little else fantasy-wise.
Powell (knee) will not play again during the 2017 season, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Powell was held out of the starting lineup in each of the team's past four games and will now be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a nagging knee injury. He'll conclude the 2017 campaign with a respectable .282/.358/.402 line over 135 total plate appearances with Seattle and Oakland. Jake Smolinski will like handle center field duties in his stead.
Powell (knee) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Powell's knee injury continues to linger, so he'll remain on the bench for a ninth straight contest. His status for the remainder of the season is still up in the air. Jake Smolinski will draw another start in center field in his stead.
Powell (knee) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Powell hasn't played since Sept. 16, and he'll open on the bench for an eighth straight contest as he continues to deal with a swollen knee. It's still unclear whether he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. With Powell and Chad Pinder (concussion) both sidelined, Jake Smolinski will draw the start in center field Monday.
Powell (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers. Powell is dealing with a swollen knee, and although he could return before the season comes to an end, there have been no reports of him participating in workouts to test the condition of his knee. With Powell out, Chad Pinder had been spending time in center field. However, Pinder was recently placed in the concussion protocol, making Jake Smolinski the likely candidate to join Oakland's outfield until either Powell or Pinder is back in full health.
Powell (knee) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Powell's knee issue continues to linger, so he'll stick on the bench for the sixth straight contest. A recent MRI came back negative, so as long as his swelling reduces in the coming days, he should be able to make it back before the season ends. That isn't a guarantee, though. In the meantime, Chad Pinder will continue to start in center field for the A's.