ANAHEIM – Second-year Oakland starter Sean Manaea was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Angels after just two innings and 34 pitches.
The A’s later announced that Manaea left the game with left shoulder tightness after the abrupt removal of a pitcher who, although trailing 3-2 at the time of his removal, hadn’t thrown less than five innings in a start all season.
It was the shortest outing of his big league career, the previous being a 2.2 inning effort agaisnt the Red Sox in Fenway Park when he allowed 10 hits and eight earned runs. This time around, it was just four hits and three runs.
And the game was his briefest in a start as a professional since July 2, 2014, when he lasted just one inning for Wilmington in a rookie league game.
On Wednesday, the left-hander retired the first four batters he faced, but four of the next five men reached base, three of them on doubles.
And Manaea, who generally works in the 93-95 mph range, showed a noticeable dropoff in his velocity in what was his fifth start of the season.
He’d been hit hard in his first two starts against the Angels and Rangers, giving up 10 runs, nine earned combined. Manaea followed that up, however, by allowing one earned run in back-to-back starts against the Astros and the Mariners.