Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics sent RHP Zach Neal outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Neal cleared waivers after being designed for assignment and will stick around in the organization. He's posted a 7.98 ERA over 14 2/3 innings in the majors this season.
Aug 18 - 5:00 PM

Matt Chapman clubbed a two-run homer and finished 2-for-4 in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

He went yard off reliever Brandon Mauerer with a runner aboard to knot the score in the eighth inning, but the Royals regained the lead in the ninth. The rookie third-sacker is known more for his glove than his bat but he does have real potential at the plate. He hit 16 home runs in 49 games at Triple-A this year before getting the call to the majors. He is batting .230/.301/.514 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 42 major league games.
Aug 16 - 8:11 PM

Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 and cracked a two-run homer during a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

His shot off starter Danny Duffy gave the Athletics a short-lived lead in the third inning. Semien spent almost the entire first half of the season on the disabled list with a broken wrist. He struggled when first returning in early July but has been good enough to be semi-useful in fantasy leagues of late. He has a .254 batting average with five homers and 20 RBI in 47 games overall. He is running more this year and has seven stolen bases without being caught. His career high is 11 steals in 155 games back in 2015.
Aug 16 - 8:06 PM

Paul Blackburn let in four runs in four innings and did not get a decision against the Royals on Wednesday.

He struck out only two batters, issued three walks and surrendered eight base hits -- seven singles and a two-run bomb by Lorenzo Cain. The 23-year-old rookie entered the game with a snazzy 3.02 ERA but saw that jump to 3.46 on the heels of today's shaky outing. He has a 3-1 record and a 1.30 WHIP through nine starts. His very poor 22/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 2/3 innings predicts his ERA will keep rising.
Aug 16 - 7:59 PM

Athletics designated RHP Zach Neal for assignment.

Neal posted a 7.98 ERA in 14 2/3 innings earlier this season with the A's. The 28-year-old right-hander seems likely to pass through waivers unclaimed.
Aug 16 - 3:44 PM

Josh Phegley (oblique) is beginning a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Nashville.

If all goes well on the farm, Phegley should be activated sometime this weekend. The 29-year-old catcher landed on the disabled list July 27 with a left oblique strain.
Aug 16 - 2:26 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Sam Moll from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Moll was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week to open a 40-man roster spot for corner infield prospect Ryan McMahon. The lefty reliever will report to the Athletics' Triple-A affiliate in Nashville.
Aug 16 - 1:15 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Josh Smith to Triple-A Nashville.

This move clears a 25-man roster spot for reliever Chris Hatcher, who was acquired from the Dodgers on Tuesday. Smith has posted a 4.89 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 35 innings this season out of the Oakland bullpen.
Aug 16 - 12:59 PM

Matt Olson finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's victory against Kansas City.

Olson has caught fire over the past week, swatting four homers with seven RBI over the past five games. Like most power hitters he strikes out a bit much, whiffing 32 times over 79 at-bats. He is making the most of his opportunity to play everyday, making it easier for A's fans to forget All-Star Yonder Alonso.
Aug 16 - 2:10 AM

Khris Davis finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's game against the Royals.

Davis has been on fire in the month of August, at least in the power categories. He has five homers with 15 RBI in just 13 games since flipping the calendar from July. He won't help you very much in the average category, but his prodigious power makes him a fantasy favorite. Davis has a good chance to eclipse his career-high mark of 42 home runs set in 2016.
Aug 16 - 2:07 AM

Matt Joyce posted a double, solo home run, two runs scored and four RBI across five at-bats in Tuesday's victory against Kansas City.

Joyce has really come alive over the past few weeks, going 14-for-43 (.326) with six doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. He has raised his average from .221 to .234 just since July 29. The veteran isn't normally a reliable mixed-league option, but lately he has been a solid play and a nice DFS value, too.
Aug 16 - 2:03 AM

Chris Smith allowed three earned runs, three hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Tuesday.

Smith found the strike zone with just 54 of his 96 pitches. He has made seven starts, but he continues to search for that first elusive win. In fact, he has just one victory in the majors and that occurred way back on June 24, 2008 in his second-ever appearance in the majors as a member of the Red Sox. His next chance at win will come Monday in Baltimore.
Aug 16 - 1:56 AM

Athletics acquired RHP Chris Hatcher from the Dodgers for international slot money.

Hatcher has struggled with shoulder problems in 2017 and owns a weak 4.66 ERA in 36 2/3 innings of relief, but the 32-year-old right-hander does carry two more years of contractual control. He figures to work in a setup role down the stretch in Oakland.
Aug 15 - 6:36 PM

Jharel Cotton gave up six runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Royals.

Cotton has gotten quite a lot of rope for someone whose ERA hasn't dropped below 4.00 since early May. He's 5-10 with a 5.92 ERA right now, and he's given up a total of 19 homers in 97 1/3 innings. It's time for the A's to consider trying him in relief.
Aug 15 - 1:53 AM

Bruce Maxwell went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 4-for-29 with no extra-base hits this month.

The A's decided to let Stephen Vogt go in order to give Maxwell an extended look behind the plate, but after a fine start offensively, he's been horrible this last month, going 8-for-65 with no homers since July 15. He'll need to do better to secure a place in Oakland's 2018 plans.
Aug 15 - 1:51 AM


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