Athletics’ prospect Addison Russell has missed most of the season thus far due to injury. After just 7 ABs with Midland, Russell tore his hamstring and has been out of action since. That is, until Sunday when the #11 prospect in baseball returns to the lineup for the Stockton Ports, the A’s High-A team.
In the 7 ABs Addison Russell accrued before the injury, he had 5 hits, giving him a .714 batting average. Russell is starting in Stockton to rehab the injured hamstring, but should return to Double-A Midland before too long.
Last season with Stockton, Russell put up 17 HR and hit .275 before being called up to Sacramento to get his feet wet in Triple-A.
Addison Russell has been deemed the Athletics’ shortstop of the future, and A’s fans are expecting him in Oakland next season. The injury may have set that timeline back a little. While Russell will most likely be in Oakland next season, he may not be ready to take over shortstop duties come Opening Day.
There will be another face that A’s fans can’t wait to see playing in Stockton this weekend. Eric O’Flaherty is scheduled to pitch tonight while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The A’s have been aiming for a late-June return for O’Flaherty.
Before his injury, O’Flaherty had been very effective in the Braves bullpen, posting ERAs of 0.98, 1.73 and 2.50 from 2011 to 2013.
There is always a reason to go to a Ports game in Stockton, but this weekend has some added incentive with the additions of Addison Russell and Eric O’Flaherty into the mix.