The Oakland A’s suffered a devastating blow to their postseason hopes, as superstar third basemen Matt Chapman is now out for the season with hip tendinitis, and will require season-ending surgery.
Chapman had been showing signs of discomfort in the hip, and last weekend had been struggling at the plate, going 0-5 with five strikeouts this past Sunday. Matt Chapman was hitting .232 this season, and his leadership and Gold Glove at third base is a huge loss to the Athletics postseason hopes, as they hope to make a run deep into the postseason.
How will the A’s handle this loss?
In the meantime, the A’s are expected to handle this loss by utilizing Tommy La Stella or Vichel Machin at third base, and will go back to using a combination of Chad Pinder and Tony Kemp at second base. However, even if the A’s can manage to patch up the gap left by Chapman, his loss hurts the A’s postseason hopes.