Horrible news out of Major League Baseball tonight as we have just learned that All Star third baseman Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury.
Chapman left last Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres with the hip injury. After not initially going on the injured list, Chapman sought a second opinion on the MRI and did not resume baseball activities at any point and now it looks like this will be it for Chapman’s season. This is a huge blow to the A’s, who if the season ended today would have the second-best record in the AL.
While Chapman may not be having his best season at the plate, he is always a threat with the glove. Chapman is batting .232 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI this season but continues to flash leather at third base.
Fortunately for Chapman and the A’s it should be an uncomplicated surgery and he should be back and ready to go next season. However, losing a two-time Platinum Glove winner and a perennial MVP candidate is always going to hurt.
How bad do you think this hurts the A’s chances at the World Series this season?