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Sean Manaea (shoulder) said it's possible he could make his next scheduled start.

Manaea was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Angels after experiencing shoulder tightness, but he's dealt with a similar issue in the past and it went away in a couple of days. There are no tests planned currently. We should know more once it comes time for him to throw his between-starts bullpen session. The young left-hander is currently lined up to face the Twins on the road next Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 9:05 AM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday against the Angels.

We can't guarantee that Alonso is going to remain an effective offensive player, but we can pencil him in for double-digit homers for the first time in his career. His overhauled approach is leading to many more flyballs and many more strikeouts. So far, it's gotten him a .926 OPS.
Apr 27 - 2:28 AM

Sean Manaea left Wednesday's start against the Angels with left shoulder tightness.

Manaea's fastball usually sits in the 93-95 mph range, but Wednesday he topped out at 90 mph while mostly throwing in the mid to high 80s. It was clear Manaea didn't have it tonight and he was eventually pulled after allowing four hits and three earned runs in only two innings of work. We'll let you know as soon as the A's update his status.
Apr 27 - 12:02 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Kendall Graveman will be on a "slightly" reduced pitch count when he returns from the disabled list Thursday against the Angels.

Graveman only missed one turn through the rotation while nursing a strained shoulder. The A's are going to be cautious with him in his first start back but it won't be long until the training wheels come off. Graveman turned in a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts before getting hurt.
Apr 26 - 9:27 PM

Daniel Mengden (foot) threw two sets of 20 pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session.

He's still recovering from a broken foot he suffered during the offseason. Mengden has kept his arm in shape throughout his rehab and should return to the Oakland starting rotation sooner than later. The 24-year-old took his lumps as a rookie last year, going just 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA over 14 underwhelming starts.
Apr 26 - 9:19 PM

Chris Bassitt (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

He'll throw three innings or 45 pitches—whichever comes first. Bassitt is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and should be back in the big leagues by early June.
Apr 26 - 9:11 PM

Ryon Healy was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss against the Angels.

Healy had been displaying a pretty nice eye at the plate lately, posting just two strikeouts over his past 21 at-bats. The golden sombrero was bad news for fantasy owners on Tuesday, but Healy has been pretty productive recently. He has four doubles, a homer and six RBI over the past seven outings to emerge as a decent AL-only fantasy option.
Apr 26 - 2:38 AM

Matt Joyce was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Tuesday's road loss against the Angels.

Joyce's average slipped to .157 after taking the collar, and he is just 5-for-38 (.131) over the past 13 outings. The veteran left-handed hitter is getting plenty of chance to iron out his issues at the plate but he doesn't warrant much in the way of fantasy consideration until he starts to show some signs of life.
Apr 26 - 2:33 AM

Jesse Hahn allowed just one single and two walks with six strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision Tuesday at L.A. Angels.

Hahn dropped his season ERA to 2.08, and he has allowed just three hits in 14 innings over his past two outings. Hahn was disastrous last season, posting a 2-4 record with a 6.02 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over nine starts for the A's. He'll look to continue his resurgence in Houston on Sunday, but he faces an uphill climb against a good lineup while being opposed by LHP Dallas Keuchel.
Apr 26 - 2:30 AM

John Axford (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday that the veteran reliever is feeling good and could begin throwing off a mound during the club's current road trip. Axford landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a right shoulder strain. If all goes well, he might be ready around mid-to-late May.
Apr 25 - 8:44 PM

Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will return to the A's rotation Thursday in Anaheim.

Graveman got the go-ahead after making it through a 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday without issue. The 26-year-old right-hander wound up missing just one turn and will return Thursday to a 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts covering 18 innings. With the velocity spike he's shown this season, Graveman deserves to be owned in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 25 - 8:22 PM

Kendall Graveman (shoulder) threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

Graveman reported no day-after discomfort on Tuesday and is on track to return to the Oakland rotation Thursday in Anaheim. The 26-year-old right-hander was sporting an excellent 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts (18 innings) this season, showing improved fastball velocity. This shoulder issue will hopefully be a minor blip.
Apr 25 - 6:54 PM

Athletics recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Nashville.

LaMarre was acquired from the Angels last week for cash considerations. The 28-year-old outfielder is 2-for-30 (.067) in his career at the major league level.
Apr 25 - 5:53 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Nashville.

Valdez gave up three runs over four innings last Thursday in a spot start against the Mariners. It looks like he'll be used as a long man out of the bullpen this time around.
Apr 25 - 5:51 PM

Athletics designated RHP Raul Alcantara for assignment.

Alcantara had a 16.71 ERA through one start and two relief appearances this season for Oakland. The 24-year-old may draw some interest from other teams on waivers.
Apr 25 - 5:50 PM


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