Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman will undergo hip surgery, it has been announced. Chapman will as a result miss the remainder of the 2020 season.
Chapman has been Oakland’s best player the last few seasons, and so this is a significant blow. The A’s have a seven game lead in the American League West, so their playoff chances aren’t likely impacted by this, but they will be a weaker team in the postseason without Chapman.
The A’s also announced that left handed pitcher A.J. Puk will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery this coming week. Puk, 25, was the 6th overall pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of Florida, but didn’t pitch in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, logged just 25 innings in 2019, and hasn’t pitched this year.