Pinder (hamstring) has resumed all baseball activities, but the team plans on remaining very cautious with his return timetable, the Associated Press reports. "The running portion of it is most difficult for him and the one we have to be most careful of," manager Bob Melvin said. "It still comes along probably slower than anything else and based on the fact that he's had hamstring injuries before to both sides, we have to be pretty careful with him."
The valued utilityman has been sidelined since July 8, and given the erratic nature of soft-tissue injuries, the Athletics' deliberate approach is understandable. Pinder's .216/.269/.358 slash line leaves plenty to be desired from a fantasy perspective, but his expansive defensive versatility makes him an important asset for Melvin.
Pinder hit the injured list as expected Thursday after injuring his right hamstring on the final out of Wednesday's game against the Astros.
Manager Bob Melvin suggested after the game that Pinder would be in line for an extended absence. It now looks as though he'll miss at least a month, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jacob Wilson's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Pinder suffered a right hamstring injury running to first on the final out of Wednesday's game in Houston, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
Immediately following the game, manager Bob Melvin speculated Pinder is heading toward an extended absence. For however long he is sidelined, Seth Brown and Skye Bolt figure to play more prominent roles in Oakland's outfield.
Pinder is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder started each of the past four games, going hitless across 13 at-bats. His multi-positional versatility will continue to afford Pinder multiple pathways to playing time, but when the Oakland lineup is at relatively full strength, he'll see the majority of his opportunity against left-handed pitching.
Pinder (head) is starting Saturday's game against the Yankees, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder had been out of the lineup since he was hit in the head by a pitch Monday, but he appeared as a pinch hitter in each of the last two games and went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two strikeouts. He'll start in left field and bat eighth Saturday.
Pinder fielded grounders prior to Wednesday's game against the Angels and indicated he's feeling better after being hit in the head by a pitch in Monday's 6-4 loss, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
After exiting Monday's contest following the play in question, Pinder said he was experiencing headaches and swelling behind his left ear, but he noted that he was in a much better spot health-wise heading into Wednesday's series finale. He'll remain out of the lineup Wednesday, but the righty-hitting Pinder typically doesn't start against right-handers like the Angels' Griffin Canning anyway. Assuming he experiences no setbacks in his recovery from the head injury, Pinder should be ready to start the next time the Athletics face a southpaw.
Pinder (head) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Angels, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Pinder exited Monday's game after getting hit behind his left ear by a Junior Guerra splitter. Manager Bob Melvin said earlier Tuesday that the utility man has avoided the concussion protocol so far. However, with the Angels tossing southpaw Andrew Heaney on Tuesday, Pinder would have been a safe bet to man left field if he was unhindered by the head issue. The 29-year-old can be considered day-to-day for the time being, with another update likely to come from the Athletics later Tuesday.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after Monday's 8-5 win over the Angels that Pinder (head) hasn't entered the concussion protocol, the Associated Press reports. "Pretty scary because he's had a few concussion issues in the past," Melvin said of Pinder, who was struck in the left side of his head during his seventh-inning plate appearance. "We'll monitor him."
Junior Guerra's 82 mile-per-hour splitter appeared to hit Pinder behind his left ear rather than on the side or front of his face, so he appears to have avoided a significant head injury. That being said, the Athletics will reevaluate him early Tuesday before deciding whether he'll be available for the second game of the series. Pinder smacked an RBI double in his first at-bat of the night in the fifth inning before getting hit by the pitch in his second plate appearance.
Pinder left Monday's game against the Angels after being struck by a pitch in the head, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports. He recorded an RBI double in his other plate appearance on the night.
Pinder was thankfully able to get up and walk off the field under his own power, but he did come out of the game. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
Pinder is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
While Ramon Laureano (hip) has been on the injured list, Pinder has seemingly settled into a platoon with Tony Kemp in the final everyday spot in the Oakland outfield. As the right-handed hitter of the two, Pinder projects to see lesser portion of the timeshare. With right-hander Matt Peacock on the hill for Arizona, Pinder will be on the bench for the fourth time in six games.
Pinder went 3-for-3 with a run and RBI apiece in a 5-2 win over Arizona on Tuesday.
Pinder began the game on the bench but pinch hit for Seth Brown in the fourth and recorded an RBI single as part of a five-run inning for Oakland. He later singled in the fifth and eighth innings. This was Pinder's third multi-hit effort in his last six appearances as he's raised his average from .200 to .253 in the eight-day stretch.
Pinder went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored Saturday in a victory over the Rockies.
Pinder crushed a 462-foot solo shot to left field in the third inning to give Oakland a 3-1 lead. The homer was his third of the season. The utilityman is slashing .235/.278/.471 across 72 plate appearances overall.
Pinder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in Monday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to Seattle.
The utilityman produced his third multi-hit effort of the season Monday. Pinder has slashed .237/.262/.458 with two home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and seven doubles through 18 games. The 29-year-old missed over a month with a knee injury, but he's been a fairly consistent presence in the lineup since returning to action May 14.
Pinder is starting at second base and hitting second Thursday against the Angles.
Pinder wasn't in the original starting lineup, but entered after Shohei Ohtani was scratched from the start. With southpaw Patrick Sandoval on the mound, Mitch Moreland was removed from the lineup. Jed Lowrie is now slated to serve as the designated hitter.
Pinder isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Pinder will get a breather after he went 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts across the last three games. Mark Canha will serve as the designated hitter while Stephen Piscotty starts in right field.
Pinder went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional run scored in Friday's 8-4 win over the Angels.
Pinder slammed a three-run long ball off Mike Mayers with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Athletics the lead. This was his first three-hit and three-RBI game this season. The 29-year-old spent over a month on the injured list with a knee injury and has only played in 10 games. In 31 plate appearances, he is slashing .300/.323/.600.
Pinder isn't starting Thursday's game against the Astros.
Pinder had started each of the last four games and went 3-for-15 with two doubles, two runs and six strikeouts. Jed Lowrie will serve as the designated hitter while Tony Kemp starts at second base.
Pinder is starting at shortstop and hitting seventh in the lineup Saturday against the Twins.
Pinder was activated from the injured list Friday, but he did not appear in the starting lineup. He'll bump Elvis Andrus to the bench.
Pinder (knee) returned from the injured list Friday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pinder had been sidelined for over a month after crashing into the right-field wall in the fourth game of the season. He should return to his typical part-time role going forward. Vimael Machin was optioned in a corresponding move.
Pinder (knee), who went 1-for-4 with a two-run double for Triple-A Las Vegas in a loss to Reno on Thursday, is expected to be activated for the Athletics' three-game road series against the Twins that begins Friday, the Associated Press reports.
Pinder logged another full game in the field, this time handling shortstop duties for the Aviators in the loss. The ultra-versatile 29-year-old hasn't experienced any setbacks while playing three rehab games this week, so activation before Friday's series-opening matchup against the Twins appears to be a strong possibility.
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|07/07||@ HOU||L 3-4||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|07/06||@ HOU||L 6-9||3||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|07/04||vs BOS||L 0-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|07/03||vs BOS||W 7-6||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|07/02||vs BOS||L 2-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|07/01||vs TEX||L 3-8||1||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|06/30||vs TEX||W 3-1||3||1||1||0||0||0||0|
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