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A’s ace Sean Manaea unlikely to return before end of season

Sean Manaea

The Oakland A’s will have to be prepared to be without ace Sean Manaea for the rest of the regular season.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said on Thursday that he believes it’s less than a 50 percent chance that Manaea returns before the end of the season, according to the SF Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Manaea experienced shoulder problems when trying to throw on Sunday and was placed on the DL. He was determined to have a rotator cuff tendinitis and is out “indefinitely.”

Though Manaea was hoping to return before the end of the regular season, Melvin’s words makes it seem much less likely that that will happen. The southpaw is 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA this season.

The A’s have been surging in the AL West and entered play on Thursday 2.5 games behind Houston in the division. They hold the second wild-card spot.


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