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Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics placed RHP Taylor Thompson on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for reliever Chad Smith, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Thursday afternoon. Thompson injured his shoulder shortly after arriving at A's camp. He had been in consideration for a bullpen job after posting a strong 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 59 innings last season at the Triple-A level.
Feb 26 - 2:45 PM

Athletics claimed RHP Chad Smith off waivers from the Tigers.

Smith was designated for assignment by Detroit earlier this week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Joba Chamberlain. Smith, 25, had a 5.40 ERA in 11 2/3 innings last season out of the Tigers' bullpen. He'll have a tough time cracking the A's talented bullpen.
Feb 26 - 1:20 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday morning that Mark Canha is currently ahead of Nate Freiman for an Opening Day backup job.

Canha was acquired from the Rockies back in mid-December after Colorado selected him from the Miami in the Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old first baseman hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 127 games for Triple-A New Orleans last season.
Feb 26 - 12:28 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that Taylor Thompson (shoulder) probably won't factor into Cactus League games this spring.

Which obviously puts him out of the running for an Opening Day bullpen job. Thompson was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in November after posting an impressive 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts across 59 innings in 2014 at Triple-A. He is recovering from a right shoulder strain.
Feb 26 - 12:24 PM

Sean Nolin (hernia) is currently throwing from a distance of 180 feet.

Nolin had offseason hernia surgery and is still feeling some tenderness, so the A's are backing off a bit. The 24-year-old hoped to be in the mix for a rotation spot this spring, but he'll now be significantly behind the other pitchers in camp. Look for him to begin the year in Triple-A.
Feb 24 - 10:53 AM

Tigers designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Joba Chamberlain on the 40-man roster. Smith, 25, made 10 appearances with the Tigers last season and posted a 3.45 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
Feb 24 - 8:38 AM

Taylor Thompson is not quite ready to throw off a mound due to a sore right shoulder.

He'll need at least one more flat ground throwing session before being allowed to throw from the bump. A waiver claim from the White Sox back in November, Thompson will try to win a bullpen job with the A's this spring.
Feb 22 - 12:36 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Stephen Vogt (foot) won't catch at the beginning of the Cactus League schedule.

That's been the anticipation. Vogt also will not play first base or the outfield at all during spring training as he works his way back from foot surgery. However, the A's are just being cautious here, as they fully expect him to be ready for Opening Day. Vogt is set to serve as the club's primary catcher in 2015.
Feb 20 - 12:30 PM

Sean Nolin won't throw a bullpen session for a few days as he continues to recover from offseason sports hernia surgery.

The operation had previously gone unreported. Regardless, it's not expected to be anything that will prevent Nolin from being ready for Opening Day. Acquired from the Blue Jays in a trade this offseason, Nolin will compete for a rotation spot but will likely begin the year at Triple-A.
Feb 20 - 12:24 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Barry Zito will make at least one start this spring.

The A's reunited with Zito this week on a minor league contract. He's likely a longshot to win a rotation spot, but Oakland could also consider him for a relief role. The veteran southpaw didn't pitch last season and posted an ugly 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings in 2013.
Feb 19 - 4:01 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) said Thursday that he has already completed three bullpen sessions.

Griffin's workouts have been fastball-only up to this point, but he expects to incorporate his changeup early next week. The right-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and probably won't be ready to join the A's rotation until sometime in June. He's not a great fantasy bet in his first year back from the procedure, but dynasty leaguers should hold on tight.
Feb 19 - 1:17 PM

An ultrasound taken last week on Sean Doolittle's left shoulder showed significant healing.

He's currently doing strengthening exercises and should be cleared for throwing in a couple of weeks. Doolittle was diagnosed in late January with a slight tear in his rotator cuff and probably won't be ready to take over as the Athletics' closer until mid-to-late April. Tyler Clippard figures to be the primary fill-in until then.
Feb 19 - 11:55 AM

Athletics signed LHP Barry Zito to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make $1 million if he cracks the big league roster with $175,000 more available in incentives. Zito sat out the 2014 season but decided he wanted to pitch again in 2015 and will now have the opportunity to do so with the organization that drafted him. Slated to turn 37 in May, Zito posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in his last two seasons with the Giants. He's certainly landed in a favorable ballpark but will face a big uphill battle in his bid to win a rotation spot.
Feb 16 - 10:17 PM

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto hears the Indians are not interested in signing free agent Barry Zito.

The Tribe were one of the teams to watch Zito throw in recent days, but apparently they were just kicking the tires. Zito, 36, didn't pitch in 2014 but is hoping to make a comeback. The Astros are at least one other club with some level of interest in the southpaw.
Feb 14 - 5:57 PM

Athletics signed RHP Brandon Kloess to a minor league contract.

The 30-year-old hurler spent the 2014 season at Triple-A El Paso, where he posted a 5.92 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 45/37 K/BB ratio over 76 innings. He's nothing more than organizational bullpen depth for the A's.
Feb 13 - 11:50 PM


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