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A’s prospect Michael Ynoa has chicken pox

Feb 12, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Michael Ynoa AP

Once upon a time Michael Ynoa was an incredibly promising prospect who signed with the A’s for a record $4.25 million as a 16-year-old, but his career has been wrecked by injuries and now there’s another stumbling block: Chicken pox.

Ynoa, who’s now 21 years old and was added to the 40-man roster despite having just 39 innings of professional experience, is the lone player missing from A’s camp because “he’s stuck at home in the Dominican Republic for another 6-10 business days” recuperating, according to Casey Pratt of

Ynoa has basically no chance to actually make the team out of spring training, so showing up a couple weeks late isn’t such a big deal, but the kid needs to catch a break at some point. And chicken pox at age 21 doesn’t sound pretty.

  1. mattintoledo - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Headline next year: A’s prospect Michael Ynoa has shingles.

  2. RickyB - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Trust me, it’s not pretty. I got chicken pox when I was nearly 23, just days before the start of the season in independent ball back in 1994. I was stuck sequestered in a hotel room for a week and lost a ton of weight. Really hard to gain it back when you are making very little money and suffering through the heat in Texas. Missed the first 4 games, and when I finally got back on the field, I could barely take grounders for more than 5 minutes without passing out. At least this kid will have a little more time to recuperate. I was just fighting to keep playing ball for a bit longer. But maybe I should blame chicken pox as to why I was never picked up by an organization. Yeah, that’s it …

    • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      I am certain it was not due to a lack of grit.

  3. dawgpoundmember - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    6-10 business days? Since when does chicken pox work for the mail service?

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