Chapman is hitting .333 (6-for-18) with three doubles, a walk, a stolen base and three runs over the five games he's played since returning from the disabled list.
Chapman appears fully recovered from the hand injury that cost him the entire second half of June, a span of 15 games. The infielder put together a 4-for-4 night against the Indians on Saturday, and he hit safely in all three games of the series against Cleveland after getting blanked by the Padres in his first two contests after returning to action. Factoring in Sunday's 1-for-4 day, Chapman's season line stands at a solid .256/.350/.450 over 300 plate appearances.
Chapman (hand) returned from the disabled list Tuesday.
Chapman had been out since mid-June with a hand injury. He was hitting a solid .250/.346/.447 prior to hitting the disabled list. Franklin Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.
Chapman (hand) went 1-for-4 in High-A Stockton's win over Lancaster on Monday. He remains on track to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.
Chapman apparently made through all nine innings without setbacks. He played third base and hit second, and it appears he'll be activated ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Padres as planned. The infielder is slashing .250/.346/.557 over 280 plate appearances, showing some nice pop along the way with 25 extra-base hits (12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs).
Chapman (hand) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Stockton on Monday and is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Padres, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chapman was able to complete batting practice Sunday without incident, so he'll test himself in a more competitive setting Monday. If all goes well, Chapman should be cleared to rejoin the Athletics and take back his start as the team's everyday third baseman, resulting in Franklin Barreto losing out on a regular spot in the lineup while Jed Lowrie shifts back to the keystone. Chapman, who has been sidelined for just over two weeks with the sore right hand, was hitting .250 with 10 home runs across 280 plate appearances prior to being shut down.
Chapman (hand) took 30 swings off a tee Friday and is optimistic that he will be able to participate in live batting practice this weekend, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
In addition, Chapman mentioned that he was feeling better after receiving another cortisone shot in his hand, along with a nerve injection as well. If all goes according to plan this weekend, the next step will be deciding whether he will require a short minor-league rehab assignment or if he can return to the big leagues immediately. Look for an update later on this weekend.
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