Notes: Chapman's rehab; Pinder in playoffs?

September 16th, 2020

will not be a part of the A’s playoff run. After his hip surgery on Monday, however, the club has an idea of when he might get back to full strength.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., involved cleaning out Chapman’s right hip near the shaft of the bone in order to repair a torn labrum. After consultation with Philippon, a timetable of about four months, or 16 weeks, was laid out for the third baseman to fully recover.

“Obviously, we have plenty of time prior to Spring Training,” A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta said on Tuesday. “Once we get him into Spring Training, we’ll get him through our progression program for his running and then baseball activities and see where we are at that time.”

A’s outfielder underwent similar surgery to repair a torn hip labrum in 2016. Asked for a comparison, Paparesta instead pointed to A’s pitcher and the hip surgery he had after getting drafted by the Royals in 2013. Philippon performed that procedure.

“Mark had a larger kind of CAM lesion that was fixed and repaired. He had a little bit more bone work done,” Paparesta said. “Matt’s is a little bit lesser of a surgery when you compare it to Mark’s. Dr. Philippon actually compared Matt’s surgery to Sean Manaea’s. His hip was similar to what Matt’s was. Not quite what Mark’s was.”

Chapman will waste no time getting on his rehab trail. He began a physical therapy program in Vail, where he will remain for the next two weeks. After the two-week mark, Chapman will head home to Southern California to continue the process.

“He’s doing fine,” said Paparesta, who texted with Chapman after the surgery. “They start right away with him there. This isn’t Matthew’s first surgery. I think he’s got a pretty good sense of what it takes to get back and rehab. He’s got a good facility of people there that he works with down in Southern California, and we’ll get him set up with some therapy there.”

Chapman, a 2019 All-Star, finished his shortened ’20 campaign with a .232/.276/.535 slash line, with 10 home runs, nine doubles, two triples and 25 RBIs. The A’s will miss Chapman’s defensive wizardry at the hot corner. Since ’17, the reigning Gold Glove and Platinum Glove Award winner’s 82 defensive runs saved leads all Major League players.

Pinder likely sidelined until playoffs
An MRI for A’s utility infielder showed a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. Already on the injured list, Pinder is not expected to return to game action until the postseason.

“We will spend the next week or so getting him back up to baseball activities,” Paparesta said. “We hope to have him ready for our playoff push. We’re not anticipating him playing any more regular-season games as of today.”

Piscotty day to day
Outfielder was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday at Colorado as he deals with a right knee injury that forced him out of the first game of the doubleheader Monday at Seattle. The issue lies in Piscotty’s patellar tendon and is a chronic issue that dates back to his time with the Cardinals, so the A’s plan to be cautious with him.