Chad Pinder 'Covered in Blood' After Car Crash, Put on 10-Day DL with Laceration

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 21:  Chad Pinder #18 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 21, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Athletics placed left fielder Chad Pinder on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow laceration, the team announced Sunday.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Pinder was involved in a car accident in Denver on Saturday and suffered a gruesome arm injury:

Susan Slusser @susanslusser

Pinder sustained elbow injury in a car accident yesterday. Can’t say much more about it but he and everyone else involved are all ok.

Susan Slusser @susanslusser

Pinder needed three stitches on elbow, some butterfly stitches on his arm and he won’t be allowed to swing for awhile. He says his fiancée has a bruise. They were checked out fully and are ok.

Susan Slusser @susanslusser

Pinder says his entire arm and his pants were covered in blood. Very scary situation. Accident was in downtown Denver around noon yesterday. Pinder was not driving.

Pinder is averaging .259 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI through 71 games for the Athletics. His 1.4 WAR is sixth among Oakland position players, per FanGraphs.

Although it's unclear when Pinder might be able to return to the field, Slusser's report he "won't be allowed to swing for awhile" likely means he could be out for an extended period of time.

The A's recalled Franklin Barreto to take Pinder's spot on the 25-man roster. Khris Davis, meanwhile, will continue to fill in for Pinder in left field. Davis, who has spent much of the season as the designated hitter, started in left for each of Oakland's last three games.

The Athletics have been one of the biggest surprises in MLB and sit one game back of the Seattle Mariners for the final wild-card spot in the American League. Losing Pinder isn't a critical blow to Oakland's playoff hopes, but it's unquestionably a setback for the team in its quest to return to the postseason for the first time since 2014.