The A’s starting rotation absorbed yet another injury hit Tuesday, as manager Bob Melvin announced to reporters that Jesse Chavez will miss the rest of the season with a non-displaced rib fracture.
Cody Martin, who made a one-start cameo with Oakland on Sept. 1, will be promoted to start in Chavez’s place Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.
Chavez told MLB.com that he had no idea how he suffered the rib injury, but that he was having trouble simply breathing. He joins Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker as starters to suffer season-ending injuries at some point this season. Griffin and Parker, who were working back from Tommy John surgery, haven’t pitched all season. And that list doesn’t include Chris Bassitt, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 26 because of shoulder soreness and is questionable to return to game action before the season ends.
Sonny Gray is the only starter remaining from the A’s season-opening rotation, though that group includes one pitcher who was traded (Scott Kazmir) and another who was switched to the bullpen (Drew Pomeranz). Chavez joined the rotation in late April.
Martin gave up five runs and lasted just three innings in taking the loss Sept. 1 against the Angels in his first major league start. The right-hander was optioned back to the minors immediately after that.
Danny Valencia also joined the club of ailing A's Tuesday. The third baseman was slated to bat fourth against the White Sox, but a stiff trap muscle forced him to be a late scratch from the lineup.
Brett Lawrie is out of Tuesday's starting lineup, but the infielder is just going through a regular day off from Melvin.