OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said on Friday that third baseman Matt Chapman would head to the disabled list, due to a right hand injury that remains mysterious, even after an MRI.
Chapman — who was pulled in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals — has been dealing with pain in the hand since the end of last season, and it sidelined him for a significant portion of spring training. The MRI he got on Thursday showed no structural damage.
Without Chapman against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday, Oakland committed two errors — one by backup third baseman Chad Pinder.
The A’s, Melvin said, will call up Franklin Barreto, who was pulled from his start in Nashville on Friday and will likely arrive in time to be activated on Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. start against the Angels.
Barreto is hitless in six Major League at-bats this season, and is hitting .236 for the Triple-A Sounds. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .162. Pinder is likely to remain the third baseman, for now, although Jed Lowrie could move over while Barreto plays second.
“We’ll take a look,” Melvin said. “All the options are open.
Lowrie was on a 1-for-24 skid over the last six games, but went 3-for-4 witha double against Los Angeles on Friday night.
“Barreto will be coming tomorrow, we want to make sure we play him a little bit, too,” Melvin said. “We will look at Jed some, too, and against left-handed pitching, Chad’s still a good option for us in the outfield. We’ll go with what we think is the best alignment on a particular night.”