OAKLAND — Elvis Andrus understood something was incorrect. Rounding 3rd base in an effort to score the game-winning operate on Starling Marte’s double on Saturday, the A’s shortstop plainly was in discomfort after feeling an appear his left ankle while charging towards house.
Determined to offer his all to seal a critical triumph for the A’s, Andrus pressed through that discomfort and hobbled down the third-base line prior to collapsing over home base as the winning run in a 2-1 walk-off triumph over the Astros.
On Sunday, the A’s exposed that Andrus sustained a fractured left fibula on the play and was put on the 10-day hurt list. Quite actually, with just a week left in the season and the A’s clinging onto slim playoff hopes, Andrus provided whatever he had and left everything out on the field prior to getting brought off it and into the clubhouse with the assistance of Matt Chapman and fitness instructor Jeff Collins.
“I know he was in some pain when they were going through the tests on it,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin stated. “Now knowing that it was fractured, it speaks to his toughness. To make it from third to home, a lot of guys probably lay there halfway. Adrenaline got him home.”
Andrus was to fly back to his house in Texas, where he’ll go to with Dr. Keith Meister, an orthopedic expert in the Dallas-Fort Worth location, to identify the next action. Whether or not he’ll require surgical treatment is up in the air, however A’s head fitness instructor Nick Paparesta stated he anticipates Andrus to be totally recuperated and prepared for Spring Training come February.
“It’s the lower third of his fibula. Not into the ankle joint,” Paparesta stated. “He’ll see [Dr. Meister] and we’ll talk about some options for what he may need down the road.”
The A’s had actually found out about the strength of Andrus for many years throughout his department fights with the A’s as a member of the Rangers. Joining the A’s in a trade this offseason, that quality stayed real to form as he fought a couple of various injuries to get in Sunday having actually played in 146 of Oakland’s 155 video games this season.
“I don’t know that I’ve managed a player tougher than Elvis,” Melvin stated. “Pound for pound, this kid brings it every day. Probably played hurt method more than any person understood. Whether it was his wrist, ankle, whatever, he simply declined to come off the field. His discomfort tolerance is off the charts.”
Batting .243, Andrus’ finest work has really can be found in the previous month. Through 21 September video games, the 33-year-old shortstop was batting .338 with 4 doubles, 7 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
With Jed Lowrie likewise being put on the IL Sunday due to a sprained right-hand man, the A’s remembered energy infielder Vimael Machín from Triple-A Las Vegas. When it pertains to changing Andrus, Melvin stated he anticipates Josh Harrison to get the bulk of playing time at shortstop over the last week of the routine season.
“It gives us a big hole and we’re gonna have to play around it,” Melvin stated. “Another key loss among quite a few.”