Tom isn't included in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.
After making back-to-back starts Sunday and Monday, Tom appeared to be a candidate to fill a strong-side platoon role in right field after Chad Pinder's knee issue forced him to the 10-day injured list. However, after sitting against lefty Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, Tom now finds himself on the bench versus a right-hander (Trevor Bauer) in the series finale with Los Angeles. For now, manager Bob Melvin may prefer to go with a more experienced option in right field in veteran Stephen Piscotty rather than Tom, a Rule 5 pick who has gotten off to a 1-for-10 start to his MLB career.
Tom's spot on the Athletics' Opening Day roster was confirmed by manager Bob Melvin on Monday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Tom appeared to be on track for a roster spot when Vimael Machin and Seth Brown were optioned Sunday, and that's now been confirmed by the team. The Athletics had an extra incentive to keep him on the active roster, as his status as a Rule 5 pick meant he'd have to be offered back to Cleveland if he failed to make the team, but he earned the role through his spring performances, hitting .321/.424/.571.
Tom is expected to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Athletics optioned Vimael Machin and Seth Brown to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, and it appears as though Tom is on track to break camp with the major-league club as a result. The Rule 5 draft pick will serve as outfield depth for Oakland after he slashed .375/.483/.667 with one home run and six RBI in 10 Cactus League games this spring.
Tom is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, one walk and four runs across his first four Cactus League games.
Tom has quickly made up for lost time after not making his spring debut until March 15 due to an oblique injury. The Rule 5 pick's ability to immediately make an impact is especially critical when considering the rules governing players in his situation, as Tom's rights will revert back to the Cubs organization if he's doesn't start and then subsequently remain on the 40-man roster throughout the entire season.
Tom (oblique) went 1-for-3 in a Cactus League loss to Cleveland on Monday, a game that marked the Rule 5 pick's spring debut.
Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports the Athletics will try to evaluate Tom in as many Cactus League games as possible from this point forward, considering his rights will revert back to Cleveland if he's not included on the Opening Day roster. The 26-year-old is able to play all three outfield spots and has shown a knack for both hard contact and getting on base during his minor-league career, slugging 23 home runs over the Double-A and Triple-A levels in 2019 and generating a .360 career OBP in his five professional stops to date.
Tom (oblique) is slated to start in right field and serve as Oakland's leadoff hitter in Monday's Cactus League game against Cleveland.
Tom will be making his spring and Athletics debut after an oblique injury suffered earlier in camp delayed his entry into the Cactus League lineup. Assuming Tom gets enough work in over the next couple of weeks to avoid a stint on the injured list to begin the season, his status as a Rule 5 pick should put him in good position to break camp with the Athletics. Oakland would have to offer him back to Cleveland if the Athletics choose not to include him on the 26-man active roster.
Tom (oblique) was cleared Monday to take batting practice against the Athletics' coaching staff, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Rule 5 pickup has yet to showcase his skills for Oakland in a game setting this spring, as he's still recovering from the oblique injury he sustained early in camp. Tom's ability to take BP represents a step in the right direction, and if he experiences no discomfort while taking swings against coaches, he could be cleared to face live pitching by the end of the week. The Athletics will likely also want to see how Tom fares in defensive drills before a target date for his Cactus League debut is established.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that Tom is dealing with an oblique injury that could sideline him for the first week of Cactus League play, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Based on Melvin's comments, Tom is likely dealing with a low-grade strain, so he should be able to steer clear of an extended absence. The injury will nonetheless deny the Rule 5 pick some opportunities to make an early impression in his new organization.
The Athletics selected Tom with the 16th pick of the Rule 5 draft Thursday.
He doesn't have much prospect pedigree, but statistically, Tom is perhaps the most impressive hitter selected in this year's Rule 5 draft. The lefty-hitting outfielder logged a 162 wRC+ at Double-A and a 132 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2019. He typically walks at a high clip and can handle all three outfield spots.
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