Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis to undergo MRI on groin

Khris Davis should return by Thursday from a groin strain. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Khris Davis should return by Thursday from a groin strain. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — Though Khris Davis left Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a groin strain, he was not placed on the disabled list ahead of Tuesday’s home game with the Seattle Mariners.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Davis is undergoing an MRI, and the will have a further status update on him following the game.

Melvin also confirmed that Daniel Gossett will start Wednesday’s game. Gossett made two starts in April against the Los Angeles Angeles, allowing nine runs in 7 1/3 innings, but has since excelled in Triple-A.

In seven minor league appearances this year, Gossett has a 1.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Both Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson were injured during their starts in Toronto, leaving rotation spots for Gossett and presumably Kendall Graveman, though no starter for Thursday’s series finale with the Mariners has been announced at this point. Graveman is presently listed to start Thursday for Triple-A Nashville, so should he be recalled, he would be on his proper day to start.

As for Anderson, he is seeing a doctor today to determine the severity of his left shoulder strain. Triggs received a positive update, as his forearm was revealed to have no structural damage. He was diagnosed with a triceps strain and will be re-evaluated in a few days.

With Davis still on the roster but unavailable Tuesday, the A’s will effectively play with a two-man bench, with super-utility man Chad Pinder and backup catcher Bruce Maxwell, who was reinstated from the restricted list upon the team’s return from Canada.

The team temporarily employs a 10-man bullpen in the aftermath of two starters being injured in the past week.

Seattle will also be playing with a short bench, as Nelson Cruz is out of the lineup with an elbow contusion. He may be available as a pinch-hitter, but manager Scott Servais told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times that he hopes to avoid using Cruz at all. The designated hitter is expected to be available on Wednesday.

Cruz’s unavailability adds to an already depleted Mariners roster. Seattle placed Dee Gordon (toe) on the disabled list on Tuesday, and Robinson Cano is on the disabled list with a fractured hand while serving his 80-game PED suspension.Daniel GossetKendall GravemanKhris DavisMLBOakland A'sOakland Athletics

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