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Sean Manaea Will Miss All of the 2019 Season, Set For Shoulder Surgery

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by Matt George – Sports 1140 KHTK Reporter

Brutal blow for the Oakland Athletics, who have been on the ride of a lifetime this season, out-performing expectations with a 87-57 record in early September. Amidst the success, the A’s have been battling a plethora of injuries to their pitching rotation. Until recently, their only consistent starter was Sean Manaea, who threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox back in April.

Manaea has been sidelined for the last couple weeks after experiencing tightness in his pitching arm and a drop in velocity. The A’s were hopeful that he would be able to return for Oakland’s expected playoff run. Now, that hope is no more.

The 26-year-old right handed ace will undergo a very difficult and precise shoulder surgery that not only will cost him the remainder of the 2018 season, but all of 2019 as well. Oakland Manager Bob Melvin informed the media of the surgery, saying more details would become available in the coming weeks. However he was regretfully confident that Manaea’s recovery timetable would stretch though next summer’s campaign.

The Oakland A’s are currently three games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West, and have a comfortable 7.5 game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd AL Wild Card spot. As it stands currently, the A’s will battle the New York Yankees in a single-elimination playoff in the Brox.