Athletics first goal Matt Olson was undergoing surgery by hand, according to a club announcement The procedure "involved excision of the right hamate", according to the team.
Olson's schedule to return to the competition is not yet clear, although there are many comparable situations in which to look for a precedent. Hamate removals are quite common among batters. the typical prognosis is a return within six to eight weeks, although this is only a general expectation.
Shortly before turning 25, Olson was looking to follow a busy first full season. He played in the 162 games in 2018, cutting 0.247 / 0.335 / 0.435 (117 wRC +) and crushing 29 long balls in 660 appearances at the plate.
Instead, it will be dismissed for a good part of the first actions. While it seems reasonable to expect that he will be in top form for most of the season, hamate procedures are usually associated with a decline in power for a period of time once the player has returned to normal. 'action.
It is unclear how the A will fill the position while Olson is out of the way. Mark Canha is the only other player in the lineup of 40 to have extensive experience. Old friend Danny Valencia is still in the free market, as it is Logan Morrison. The organization can also search for players who are being made available by other organizations.