Pinder went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional RBI during Wednesday's win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Pinder saved the Athletics season with a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Josh James. The 28-year-old managed to lift a hanging curveball over the right-field fence to keep Oakland alive and tie the game up at 7-7. The right-handed hitter slashed .232/.295/.393 with only two homers during the regular season, but he couldn't have chosen a better time to rediscover his power stroke.
Pinder, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in Thursday's 6-4 win over the White Sox, is still dealing with the hamstring issue that sidelined him through September 26, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Despite still not feeling 100 percent after straining his hamstring Sept. 12, Pinder came through with one of the biggest hits in recent memory for the A's when he laced a two-out, two-run single to give the A's a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. The knock would ultimately be the difference in the game as Oakland held on to win its first playoff series since 2006. Though the hamstring is still hampering the utilityman, Pinder is expected to continue to battle through the issue during next week's AL Division Series against the Astros.
Pinder (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
The 28-year-old will return from the two-week absence due to the hamstring injury for the final game of the regular season. Pinder has a .226/.281/.396 slash line in 23 games and should reclaim his utility role as the A's head into the postseason, and he may receive some starts against left-handed pitchers, per Martin Gallegos of MLB.com.
Pinder (hamstring) emerged from his running session Tuesday without setbacks and is expected to conduct on-field work in the coming days, Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News reports.
Pinder continues to trend upward in his recovery, and he's still holding out hope for a return before the end of the regular season Sunday. However, with manager Bob Melvin still saying Wednesday he can't guarantee when Pinder may be ready for action, it appears the utility asset's more likely timeline remains a return early in the postseason.
Pinder (hamstring) is progressing well in his recovery and could return prior to the end of the regular season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Pinder was initially expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but he's been making progress in his recovery and will run on the field Tuesday. Assuming all goes well, he hopes to return for the Athletics' final series of the regular season against the Mariners, which begins Friday.
Pinder (hamstring) resumed baseball activities Sunday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 28-year-old was previously expected to remain shut down until the final weekend of the regular season, but he's now taking light swings in the batting cage. With only six games left, Pinder still seems unlikely to return before the postseason, but his quicker-than-expected return to baseball activities bodes well for his potential availability in the playoffs.
Pinder (hamstring) has yet to resume baseball activities but could have a chance to do so during the final weekend of the regular season, Richard Justice of MLB.com reports.
Pinder has already been ruled out until the postseason, but a return to the field for some fielding work and running the bases before the official conclusion of the regular season would certainly keep him on the right path for an early-postseason return. Pinder provides manager Bob Melvin with optimal flexibility due to his ability to play every position except catcher and pitcher, which would be particularly valued in the playoffs.
Pinder was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and won't return during the regular season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder will miss the rest of the regular season, but he could be available for the postseason if his recovery goes well. If he's available for the playoffs, he could receive playing time at third base since Matt Chapman (hip) underwent season-ending surgery.
The Athletics believe that Pinder, who was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier Sunday, is dealing with a "moderate" right hamstring strain, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder will undergo an MRI on Monday as the Athletics look to confirm that he's dealing with a Grade 2 strain. Assuming that's the case, Pinder would face a multi-week recovery, which would likely keep him sidelined until the postseason. A utility man for much of the season, Pinder was expected to be in the mix for steadier playing time at third base with Matt Chapman (hip) set to undergo season-ending surgery. Vimael Machin and Tommy La Stella now look to be Oakland's top options at the position for the final two weeks of the regular season.
Pinder was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right hamstring strain.
With just two weeks left in the regular season, it will be a challenge for Pinder to get back before the postseason. Vimael Machin will serve as the team's top utility player going forward.
Pinder sustained a right hamstring strain during Saturday's doubleheader against the Rangers and is likely to be placed on the injured list, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old apparently sustained the injury during the matinee when he remained in the game after serving as a pinch hitter. Pinder likely will be evaluated again Sunday before the team makes any move official, but a move to the injured list would sidelined him until at least Sept. 23. Matt Chapman (hip) will undergo surgery and is out for the season, leaving Vimael Machin to receive significant playing time at third base for the A's.
Pinder started at third base in place of Matt Chapman (hip) in Thursday's win over the Astros and went 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
After affording Vimael Machin a start at the hot corner in Wednesday's contest, manager Bob Melvin shifted the latter to designated hitter and gave the versatile Pinder an opportunity to slot in at third base. The versatile utility asset gave the Athletics some important breathing room with his seventh-inning single, extending their lead to 3-1. While Pinder has endured a difficult season at the plate overall, he's showing some signs of life in the stretch run, as he's now 4-for-10 with two doubles and two runs over his last four games.
Pinder who entered Monday's win over the Astros as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-2 with a double and a run, could see some time at third base while Matt Chapman (hip) remains out of action, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Tommy La Stella filled in at the hot corner for Chapman on Monday, although Pinder took over at third upon entering the game in the seventh. While Chapman's hip tendinitis isn't expected to land him on the injured list, he could be down for at least a handful of games. The versatile Pinder, who's also a candidate to log time at shortstop while Marcus Semien (side) remains sidelined, is boasts 35 games of big-league experience at third, including two this season.
Pinder is expected to form the right-handed side of a platoon with Vimael Machin at shortstop while Marcus Semien (side) remains sidelined, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Semien is not currently expected to require an injured-list stint, so Pinder's shortstop duties may be relatively short-lived. However, manager Bob Melvin has already gone on record stating he doesn't expect Semien to suit up for Friday's resumption of play, and it's certainly possible he misses additional contests. The versatile Pinder has yet to log any time at shortstop this season, but he does have 35 games of major-league experience at the position.
Pinder was activated from the paternity list Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder hasn't played in 10 days, sitting for a handful of games before landing on the paternity list, and it's unclear when he or any of his teammates will next take the field as the Athletics' schedule is currently on hold due to a positive COVID-19 test. Pinder has hit just .200/.273/.375 in 44 plate appearances this season. His return sends Seth Brown back to the team's secondary site.
Pinder was placed on the paternity list Tuesday.
Pinder was on the bench for the Athletics' past three games as he's served as utility depth in Oakland this season. He'll now be sidelined for the next several days while on the paternity list, although his absence shouldn't have a major impact on the team's lineup. Outfielder Seth Brown was recalled from the team's alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Pinder went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Sunday's 15-3 win over the Giants.
Pinder got the Athletics' nine-run fifth inning started with his two-run shot. It was his first extra-base hit since Aug. 1 and brought him to six RBI for the season alongside a .738 OPS.
Pinder went 1-for-4 with a two-run single and a run in a win over the Mariners on Monday.
Pinder has compiled all four of his RBI for the season in the last two games, a sign he may be coming around after starting the campaign with a 1-for-9 tally over his first three contests. The versatile 28-year-old is capable of filling every position except pitcher and catcher, but he's made all five of his appearances as a starter at second base this season.
Pinder went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.
Trailing 2-0 with a runner on base and two out in the seventh inning, Pinder ran into one to tie the game. The A's would go on to win in 10 innings. Pinder started just once in the team's prior five games (all against opposing right-handed starters) and should be considered a short-side platoon player until further notice.
Pinder will sit again Monday against the Angels.
Pinder somewhat surprisingly started both of the Athletics' first two games at second base, getting the nod ahead of both Tony Kemp and Franklin Barreto, who were expected to platoon at the position. It's now been Kemp in the lineup for two straight games. The true playing-time split at the position may not become clear for several more contests.
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|10/08||@ HOU||L 6-11||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|10/07||@ HOU||W 9-7||4||1||3||1||4||0||0|
|10/06||vs HOU||L 2-5||4||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|10/05||vs HOU||L 5-10||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|10/01||vs CHW||W 6-4||3||0||2||0||2||1||0|
|09/30||vs CHW||W 5-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/29||vs CHW||L 1-4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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