February 28, 2021

Stephen Piscotty Questionable For Opening Day (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Athletics are shutting outfielder Stephen Piscotty down after an MRI revealed that his intercostal strain is “a little worse” than anticipated, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Friday (Twitter link via Martin Gallegos of MLB.com). The Athletics aren’t completely ruling out a scenario wherein Piscotty is ready to go on Opening Day, but his outlook is a bit uncertain at the moment.

Piscotty, 29, enjoyed a strong debut campaign with Oakland in 2018 after being traded over from the Cardinals, hitting .267/.331/.491 with 27 homers and 41 doubles. Knee and ankle troubles plagued him in 2019, though, and his ensuing .249/.309/.412 slash with 13 homers and 17 doubles marked a notable step back.

Currently, Piscotty is slated to be Oakland’s primary right fielder even in spite of the 2019 downturn. That’s in part due to his upside but also in part due to the fact that he’s being paid $7MM in 2020 under the terms of the six-year, $33.5MM extension he signed with the Cardinals back in…

Read “Stephen Piscotty Questionable For Opening Day” at MLB Trade Rumors