Player News - Athletics

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Rich Hill scattered eight hits over eight innings as the A's topped the Mariners 5-0 on Monday.

Ryan Madson finished the shutout. Despite all of those curveballs, Hill didn't walk anyone tonight, and every hit he gave up was a single. He's now 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA, and he's really the only thing keeping the A's afloat.
May 24 - 1:08 AM

Stephen Vogt had a solo homer and an RBI on an HBP against the Mariners on Monday night.

That'll do. The homer off Taijuan Walker in the seventh accounted for the first run of the game for either team, and the HBP in the eighth helped add to Oakland's cushion. Vogt is hitting .252 with four homers this year.
May 24 - 1:02 AM

Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will resume playing catch on Tuesday.

Alvarez has been shut down for a week after feeling some discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder during a minor league rehab start, but he's going to try ramping things up again. The A's will likely see how the shoulder responds Tuesday before deciding on the next step, so a potential timetable remains up in the air.
May 23 - 9:07 PM

Josh Reddick will not require surgery on his left thumb.

Reddick, who fractured his thumb on a head-first slide on Thursday, got the good news while visiting a hand specialist Monday. The expectation is that he'll miss 4-6 weeks, which places his return around late-June or early-July.
May 23 - 9:03 PM

The Athletics will call up right-hander Zach Neal to start Wednesday against the Mariners.

He'll fill Sonny Gray's spot in the starting rotation. Neal, 27, owns a 2.53 ERA and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over seven starts with Triple-A Nashville. It might just be a spot-start, so most fantasy owners can steer clear.
May 23 - 8:17 PM

Billy Burns had his wheels on full display in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen swipes.

The pair of swipes brings his total to 12 on the season. He hasn't been bad at the dish either, slashing .268/.307/.331. With Josh Reddick sidelined, he should find himself in the lineup on most nights.
May 22 - 7:37 PM

Jesse Hahn struggled in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering four runs on six hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

Hahn struck out three on the afternoon without issuing a walk. His troubles stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Jacoby Ellsbury and Bran McCann each launching solo homers against him. He'll look to improve upon a 4.07 ERA and 1.40 WHIP when he takes on the Tigers on Saturday.
May 22 - 7:34 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that he's optimistic Khris Davis (forearm) will be available at least to serve as the designated hitter on Monday.

Davis isn't playing Sunday after exiting Saturday's game with tightness in his right forearm. It doesn't sound like the ailment is a big deal, however, Davis is batting only .229 this season but has slugged 12 homers and driven in 29 runs.
May 22 - 3:25 PM

Khris Davis (forearm) is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

Davis left Saturday's game against the Yankees with tightness in the forearm. It doesn't appear to be more than a day-to-day situation at this point. The A's are going with Coco Crisp, Billy Burns and Jake Smolinski in the outfield Sunday.
May 22 - 1:06 PM

Athletics recalled LHP Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville.

Coulombe gave up three earned runs in two innings of relief earlier this month. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
May 22 - 1:03 PM

Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a strained right trapezius.

Something certainly seemed to be amiss with Gray given his 6.19 ERA through nine starts, so the DL isn't terribly surprising. He's been given a cortisone shot and is hoping to return when first eligible. The A's might be forced to give Eric Surkamp another shot with Gray going down.
May 22 - 12:57 PM

Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.

Vogt was unavailable Saturday after getting hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The catcher sports a .250/.284/.371 batting line with three homers this season.
May 22 - 9:39 AM

Khris Davis left Saturday's game against the Yankees with right forearm tightness.

It looked like Davis tweaked something when he threw home on a sac fly in the fourth inning. He stayed in for a while but was eventually replaced by Jake Smolinski. Davis went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before exiting. He's day-to-day.
May 21 - 9:07 PM

Sean Manaea took a step backward Saturday, giving up five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

Manaea showed progress in earning his first MLB victory against the Rangers his last time out, but the Yankees got to him four times in the fourth inning and added another in the seventh to stick him with his second loss of the year. His earned run average actually went down with the loss, dropping from 7.91 to 7.62, an illustration of how much he struggled upon being promoted. The A's aren't going anywhere fast, so they can afford to let Manaea learn at the big league level if they so desire. That next lesson should come Friday against the Tigers.
May 21 - 6:57 PM

Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

Given that it's a day game after a night game and Vogt has been a bit hobbled as of late, it's a good time to give him a rest. Matt McBride will work behind the dish for the A's and bat eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.
May 21 - 12:29 PM


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