Athletics’ Piscotty undergoes MRI for sprained right ankle

Stephen Piscotty pulled from Athletics' game vs. Giants Saturday

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 02: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics dives for but is unable to field a foul ball hit off the bat of Myles Straw (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on June 2, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND — A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty received an MRI on his sprained right ankle Sunday morning and manager Bob Melvin said the team was awaiting results.

Piscotty injured the ankle while sliding back into second base on a pickoff try against the Astros a week ago Saturday.

“Got a little better, a little worse,” Melvin said. “Then last night he took a swing where it really bothered him. That’s why I took him out of the game.”

Melvin sent Robbie Grossman in to pinch-hit for Piscotty in the sixth inning Saturday.

“Just turning . . . driving off your back foot and it bothered him, made it a little bit worse,” Melvin said. “He’s been struggling for a while.”

Melvin said he didn’t know what to expect from the MRI but did not have an optimistic tone.

“I don’t have a great feeling about it at this point, but we’ll see what the doctors have to say and proceed accordingly,” Melvin said.

Chad Pinder was moved to right field for Sunday’s game against the Giants with Grossman playing left.

Piscotty is batting .252 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs this season.

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