Sean Manaea scratched from start against Rangers

OAKLAND — A’s pitcher Sean Manaea was scratched from his scheduled start against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night due to a back injury.

The back issues have returned for Manaea, who dealt with a similar situation earlier in the year when tightness forced him to the disabled list. Raul Alcantara was given the spot start in place of Manaea, his second start this week after starting for Jharel Cotton on Monday after the rookie was scratched due to a groin strain before his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers.

With just over a week remaining in the season and the A’s no longer in contention, manager Bob Melvin saw no reason to risk throwing Manaea out there with the potential to aggravate the injury.

“It’s just some upper-back tightness and we just don’t want to mess around with that. It just doesn’t seem like the prudent thing to do,” Melvin said. “There’s two starts left for him and we’ll see how he is leading into his next start, but we didn’t want him to go out tonight and pitch with it.”

Alcantara allowed two hits and no runs in in 3 2/3 innings of work in Monday’s win at Detroit.

— Bruce Maxwell did not see much improvement on Saturday from the day before as he continues to go through concussion protocol after taking a hard foul ball off his mask on Wednesday. Melvin said the team will not try to rush the catcher back just to get him a couple of games, instead waiting until he is fully fit to return.

— Chad Pinder was held out of Saturday’s lineup after colliding with the wall out in center field in Friday’s win over the Rangers. “More kind of whiplash than a concussion-type thing, but he took a pretty good shot,” Melvin said.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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