The 25-year-old played at six different positions last season -- shortstop, second base, left field, center field, right field and designated hitter -- but it seems as if the Athletics want him to become even more versatile ahead of the 2018 season. With this in mind, it seems as if Pinder has an inside track at a reserve spot as a super utility player even though he has three minor-league options left. Lee suggests that Pinder could see time at every position except pitcher and catcher this season, but whether he'll gain enough time at each spot to gain positional eligibility remains to be seen. Even with this development, he poses as little more than a late-round flier in case one of Oakland's regulars goes down with an injury.
Pinder (concussion) will take the field for Oakland's first Cactus League game against the Angels on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder came to spring camp fully healthy after closing out the 2017 season with a concussion that he sustained by crashing into the center-field wall in late-September. The 25-year-old is set to play in left field during Friday's game, a position he'll likely share with Matt Joyce in the regular season on the short side of a platoon. It's likely that Pinder will move around quite a bit this spring in order to prepare for a utility role in 2018.
Pinder (concussion) will not return to the field this season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It was expected that Pinder would miss the rest of the 2017 season after entering the concussion protocol prior to Saturday's game against the Rangers after crashing into the wall during Friday's contest. On the positive side, Pinder has been feeling a lot better in recent days, and should have no problem returning to full health in the near future.
Manager Bob Melvin reported Tuesday that Pinder (concussion) likely won't play again this season, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder is still experiencing concussion symptoms, so the A's will proceed cautiously and shut the utility man down for the remainder of the season. He'll close out the year with a .238 average and 97 wRC+ over 309 plate appearances.
Pinder's concussion symptoms have gotten worse after his collision with the center-field wall Friday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Although the team has yet to say that Pinder won't return before the season ends, it's clear that he won't be back in action soon. After Sunday, Oakland will have just seven games remaining on the schedule, which doesn't leave Pinder much time to return to full health and get back on the field this season. With Boog Powell fighting a knee injury, Pinder had been playing center field recently. Now that Pinder is also out, Jake Smolinski is in line to see more time in Oakland's lineup.
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