Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman chases down Seattle's Mitch Haniger in a rundown during the first inning against the Mariners at Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Oakland A’s Matt Chapman undergoes thumb surgery

On Thursday, the Oakland Athletics announced that third baseman Matt Chapman had undergone successful left thumb surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

The procedure was an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. According to a release by the A’s, Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Chapman will make a full recovery, and will be ready for the start of spring training.

Chapman, 25, hit .278 (152-for-547) with 100 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 home runs and 68 RBIs this season, and missed 15 games with a right thumb contusion after being struck by a pitch, but also suffered from repeated swelling and pain in his left hand. The left hand was the same hand that bothered him during spring training. Tests then showed swelling along the sesamoid bone.

Chapman had successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training.

One of if not the best defensive third baseman in baseball, Chapman led all major league defenders in defensive runs saved (29), eight ahead of second-place Andrelton Simmons. Chapman led the majors in doubles (25) after the All-Star break, and his 52 runs scored and 42 extra-base hits led the American League in the second half.

After the All-Star break, the former 1st rounder hit .309, with 14 homers, 39 RBI and .961 OPS. He became the first A’s player to score 100 runs in a season since Nick Swisher scored 106 in 2006.

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