Player News - Athletics

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Adam Rosales is dealing with a minor shoulder injury.

As a result, he'll play in a minor league game Friday instead of a Cactus League action. Rosales should be fine.
Mar 24 - 1:27 PM

Khris Davis will be held out of game action until at least Sunday because of a minor quad injury.

It sounds like the Athletics are just being cautious with their slugger here. Davis is batting .250 this spring and has yet to homer after going deep 42 times in his first season in Oakland.
Mar 24 - 1:25 PM

Daniel Mengden will have the walking boot on his right foot removed on Monday.

Mengden had surgery on his fractured right medial tibial sesamoid bone last month. It's unclear when he might be game-ready, but obviously it will be a while.
Mar 24 - 12:56 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.

He now owns a .361 batting average in Cactus League play. Plouffe joined the Athletics as a free agent over the winter after spending his entire seven-year career with the Twins. He battled through an injury-plagued campaign last year, playing in only 84 games while batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Throughout his career he has been a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none. The sort of guy who does a little bit of everything but not quite well enough to be a coveted fantasy asset. He is slated to serve as the Athletics' regular third baseman this season.
Mar 23 - 9:14 PM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored as the Athletics trounced the Brewers 15-5 on Thursday.

He drilled a two-run shot off Brewers ace Junior Guerra in the second inning, then took him yard again with a solo blast in the third frame. Alonso is now batting .382 with four homers and 11 RBI in 34 at-bats. He figures to split time at first base and designated hitter this season. He has an unappealing .253/.316/.367 career slash line with a paltry 39 home runs in 2343 plate appearances spread over 664 games.
Mar 23 - 9:05 PM

Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

A's manager Bob Melvin made that announcement Thursday in camp, adding that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will follow Graveman in the club's season-opening series against the Angels. The fourth and fifth spots are to be determined. Graveman, 26, posted a relatively underwhelming 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (31 starts) last season for Oakland. He'll make for a decent streaming option at times in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 1:15 PM

Joe Wendle (shoulder) is scheduled to play catch Thursday for the first time in more than a week.

Wendle has been held out of Cactus League action since March 7 because of a shoulder injury. A recent MRI showed no structural issues, but the 26-year-old probably won't make Oakland's roster anyway.
Mar 23 - 1:11 PM

Jaff Decker (oblique) is aiming to play in a minor league game Saturday.

Decker came down with some oblique soreness late last week, but he took 60 swings in a batting cage Thursday without issue and he hopes to participate in live batting practice on Friday. The 27-year-old outfielder is trying to win a spot on the Athletics' bench.
Mar 23 - 12:27 PM

Andrew Triggs scattered three hits and two runs over five innings Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

He fanned four and didn’t walk anyone. Triggs cruised through the first four innings before finally allowing his first run on a solo blast by Yolmer Sanchez. His afternoon ended after yielding a leadoff single in the sixth. Triggs has been trying to lock up the fifth spot in Oakland’s starting rotation and Wednesday’s outing didn't hurt his chances.
Mar 22 - 8:04 PM

Stephen Vogt drilled two hits Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

He plated two with a first-inning double and kept the engine running with a leadoff single in the third. Vogt ended the day by grounding out in his last two at-bats. The 31-year-old has had a decent spring, hitting .324 over 34 at-bats. He’s slated to split catching duties with Josh Phegley but should see time at DH as well.
Mar 22 - 8:02 PM

Sonny Gray (lat) will make around 20 throws from 60 feet and 15 from 75 feet on Wednesday.

Gray strained his lat on March 7. While he was initially expected to be shut down completely for three weeks, he received the all-clear to start a throwing program after undergoing his two-week check-up. Gray was making tosses from 60 and 75 feet on Tuesday and will do likewise on Wednesday. These are clear positive steps, but he is unlikely to make his regular-season debut until mid-April at the earliest.
Mar 22 - 4:41 PM

Jharel Cotton walked five batters and was charged with five runs over 3 2/3 innings versus the Mariners on Tuesday.

The fourth inning wasn't kind to Cotton, as he issued three walks and allowed four runs (although two of them were charged after he was pulled). He permitted five hits on the night and struck out a pair. Cotton had pitched well during Cactus League play prior to this one, although he's been wild all spring with nine walks over 11 frames.
Mar 22 - 12:00 AM

Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Bassitt had the operation last May and has progressed without any setbacks so far during his rehab. He hopes to be an option for the A's around midseason.
Mar 21 - 6:14 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that the roles in the bullpen this season will likely be "fluid."

The skipper indicated that Ryan Madson, who saved 30 games for Oakland in 2016, would probably be the primary closer to begin the season. However, it sounds like many others could get an opportunity, with Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle, John Axford and possibly others all in the mix. The situation promises to be a headache for fantasy owners.

Sonny Gray (lat) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Gray was supposed to be shut down for three weeks after being diagnosed with a strained right lat, but he had an MRI at his two-week checkup and was given the go-ahead to throw from 75 feet Tuesday. That puts him ahead of schedule, meaning that he could return by mid-April if all goes well rather than the initial late-April projection. It's good news, but Gray remains a question mark after last year's performance and health struggles coupled with more issues this spring.
Mar 21 - 5:25 PM


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