The Oakland Athletics are poised to face either the Tampa Bay Rays or Cleveland Indians in the American League wild-card game, but they’ll be missing one of last season’s bullpen stalwarts in Lou Trivino.
A bad season likely came to an ignominious end for Lou Trivino as the right-hander slipped in the shower and cracked a rib in his apartment last week, according to the Associated Press. He will definitely miss the rest of the regular season, and likely the postseason as well.
''We're saying, for sure, the regular season,'' A’s manager Bob Melvin said, per the AP. ''He's going to get a second opinion, I think, at some point in time here, but it doesn't look great, unfortunately.''
Not a huge loss with Trivino’s struggles
Trivino was one of the top relievers in baseball last season with a 2.92 ERA, but had his struggles in 2019. The 27-year-old posted a rough 5.25 ERA and 1.533 WHIP in 60 innings, while watching his strikeout rate fall from 27.4 percent to 21.1 percent.
Some of those struggles might be explained by thumb and elbow issues that hobbled Trivino early in the season. Before missing two weeks between April and May with the thumb issue, Trivino had posted a 1.42 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. Now, a rib fracture will likely finish Trivino’s season.
The A’s will proceed forward in a close AL wild-card race. As of Tuesday night, they hold a one-game lead over the Rays and a 1.5-game lead over the Indians with six games left to play.
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