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How is Frankie Montas feeling? The A’s should know more soon

OAKLAND – The A’s will determine the next course of action for right-handed starter Frankie Montas after he has an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday, manager Mark Kotsay said.

Montas left Sunday’s game with the Seattle Mariners after one inning with tightness in his shoulder. Montas’ velocity was noticeably down as he threw 13 pitches and faced four batters in the bottom of the first inning.

Montas said after the game, a 2-1 A’s loss, that he didn’t recover well after his six-inning outing in New York last Tuesday, but added he didn’t have any major concern about the discomfort he felt.

Kotsay said Montas, who wasn’t able to get an MRI on Monday because of the Fourth of July holiday, felt good when he came to the Coliseum before the A’s game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Doing great,” Kotsay said of Montas. “Doesn’t feel like this is a big issue, so that’s a positive for today.”

Montas, right now, is scheduled to make his next start Saturday at home against the Houston Astros. But with the A’s off Thursday, it’s possible the team pushes back that start for precautionary reasons, and has lefty Cole Irvin start on his normal four days rest. Irvin started Monday’s game vs. the Jays.

“I think that’s probably the right direction,” Kotsay said. “You never want to set something in stone. But we’re going to wait until we get those results back (Tuesday) and that will give us an idea of what direction we’re going to be able to go and determine the timeline.”

It would obviously be beneficial for the A’s for Montas, 29, to have a clean bill of health with the Aug. 2 trade deadline now four weeks away.

A healthy and hard-throwing Montas, who is under team control for one more season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2024, could net a lucrative haul for the A’s as teams look to bulk up their starting staffs for the stretch run.

Montas, after Sunday, was 3-9 with a 3.26 ERA in 96.2 innings. He also had 100 strikeouts and a 1.02 WHiP, marks that were tied for 11th and 21st, respectively, in Major League Baseball.

CHAPMAN RETURNS: Monday’s game marked Matt Chapman’s first game back at the Coliseum since he was traded to the Blue Jays in March for right-handed pitcher Gunnar Hoglund, infielder Kevin Smith, and left-handers Zach Logue and Kirby Sneed.

Chapman, 29, was recognized on the field before the game as a video montage of his highlights was shown on the video screens. He was given a warm ovation before his first at-bat, as his former walkup song, Travis Scott’s “Antidote,” played on the public address system.

In five seasons with the A’s, Chapman had 333 RBIs and an OPS of .808. He won two Platinum Gloves and three Golden Gloves and in his four full seasons in Oakland, the A’s made the playoffs three times, including in 2020, when they captured the AL West and won a playoff series over the Chicago White Sox.

Chapman, the A’s first-round draft choice in 2014, visited Oakland’s clubhouse before Monday’s game, chatting with some of his ex-teammates and coaches.

“Made my debut here, won a lot of games here, met some of my best friends,” Chapman said. “A lot of good memories.”

Chapman is obviously aware of the A’s challenges on and off the field after the team slashed payroll and traded or parted ways with himself, Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, pitchers Mike Fiers, Sean Manaea, and Chris Bassitt, and manager Bob Melvin.

The A’s entered Monday with an MLB-record worst record of 26-55 and are seeking to build a waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal in Oakland, while also looking at sites for a new park in Southern Nevada.

“I think the A’s should stay in Oakland,” Chapman said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen this place packed before. They have the fans. There’s more that goes into it than just getting people in the stands. Maybe some people are unhappy with the front office, or whatever it is.

“But I hope that they can get a stadium. They deserve a stadium in Oakland, they deserve a nice stadium where people can come and enjoy baseball.”

Source: Paradise Post