CHICAGO -- Oakland Athletics pitcher Jharel Cotton and shortstop Chad Pinder have left Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because of injuries. Cotton exited with a blister on his right thumb in the sixth inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Kevan Smith and came up shaking his hand after throwing one pitch to Adam Engel. Manager Bob Melvin went to the mound and brought in right-hander Liam Hendriks. Cotton gave up three hits and did not allow a run. Pinder was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth because of a strained left hamstring.
Matt Chapman's first stint with the A's was cut short by a left knee infection. The highly-touted third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and admitted to a hospital for treatment. He's been receiving antibiotics via intravenous. Prior to Sunday's series finale in Chicago, manager Bob Melvin was asked about Chapman's status. "Our hope is that he gets out [of the hospital] today. I know he's making significant strides. This has been really good for him, the drip of the antibiotics as opposed to the oral antibiotics he was taking," Melvin told reporters in Chicago. "I know once he gets out of there, they want to make sure there's no complications, so we're probably being a little
On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection. In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out. Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop. “I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.” Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after