Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Joyce smacked a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

The dinger was Joyce's first of the spring. The A's signed him near the end of November. Playing with the Pirates in 2016, he posted a .242/.403/.463 triple-slash to pair with 13 home runs across 140 games played. Those in deep AL-only leagues might consider Joyce as a late draft option. He holds a career .803 OPS vs. right-handers.
Feb 25 - 5:59 PM

Jesse Hahn allowed three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

Hahn struck out two and walked one in his spring debut. Not the sharpest of outings, but it is early yet. The 27-year-old right-hander has an outside shot at landing the fifth spot in the rotation, with Andrew Triggs considered the favorite at this juncture. Last season, Hahn pitched to a rough 6.02 ERA across 46 1/3 innings (nine starts).
Feb 25 - 5:56 PM

Liam Hendriks said Saturday that he hopes to join Australia for Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic should they advance.

Hendriks withdrew from the team on Friday citing the fact that his stuff wasn't quite game-ready and he didn't want to risk injury or jeopardize his season by ramping up too quickly. While he wants to be able to pitch for his home country, he realizes that the Athletics and his own career need to take priority.
Feb 25 - 11:00 AM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday without any issues.

The A's are bringing the southpaw along slowly this spring due to the injury issues he has had the past few seasons. He'll be competing for save chances this spring with Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla and John Axford.
Feb 24 - 8:46 PM

Liam Hendriks announced Friday that he's withdrawing from the World Baseball Classic and will not pitch for Team Australia.

Hendriks wanted to clarify that he isn't injured, just choosing not to go. Instead, he'll remain Arizona with the rest of his teammates where he'll prepare for the upcoming season.
Feb 24 - 7:39 PM

Santiago Casilla could report to Athletics' camp in the next day or two.

Casilla has been delayed due to a visa issue, but he apparently could get it settled as soon as Wednesday. The veteran reliever signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Athletics last month and finds himself in the middle of a crowded closer situation this spring.
Feb 22 - 11:35 AM

Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez said he plans to throw for MLB scouts in March.

Alvarez has been through nearly as many surgeries as live major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder trouble, but the 26-year-old is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and feeling strong. He told Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Por Gotas on Tuesday that seven teams have asked for updates on his progress. There should be a minor league contract out there somewhere for him.
Feb 21 - 7:20 PM

Jesse Hahn will start the Athletics' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Cubs.

Andrew Triggs has been considered the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but this is an indication that Hahn is still very much in the mix. We've seen success when healthy in the past, so he could earn a spot with a strong spring. A's manager Bob Melvin noted last week that Hahn has the sink back on his fastball, so he's a name to watch.
Feb 21 - 11:33 AM

Sean Doolittle plans to throw his first bullpen session on Saturday or Sunday.

The A's are bringing Doolittle along slowly this spring, but he shouldn't need much work to get ready for the season. The 30-year-old dealt with injuries again last season while putting up a 3.23 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He's in the mix for the A's closer role along with Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla, and John Axford. It's a messy situation for fantasy owners.
Feb 21 - 10:51 AM

Khris Davis will not play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Davis said that he feels "horrible" about not participating, but he thinks he's "overextended" and wants to focus on getting ready for the season. The slugger hit 42 homers and drove in 102 runs in 2016.
Feb 19 - 10:51 AM

Jed Lowrie (foot) said Saturday that he's fully healthy and has been running without any issues for months.

Lowrie underwent surgery in August to repair a damaged ligament in his left foot, as well as to remove a bunion and cyst. Lowrie indicated that he feels great and admitted that the foot issue caused him trouble at the plate in 2016. He also had surgery to repair a deviated septum and is now getting better sleep than he has in the past nine years. As long as he's healthy, he'll open the year as the A's starting second baseman.
Feb 18 - 12:40 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Jesse Hahn (shoulder) has the sink back on his fastball.

Oakland catchers Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley have said the same. Hahn carries a real shot at claiming a starting rotation spot this spring despite finishing the 2016 season off the 25-man roster. The 27-year-old right-hander has always been effective when healthy. There's some sneaky fantasy value building here.
Feb 16 - 2:33 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that Jharel Cotton has a "leg up" on the No. 4 spot in the season-opening starting rotation.

And rightly so after the 25-year-old delivered a 2.15 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 23/4 K/BB ratio over his first 29 1/3 major league innings (five starts) in 2016. Cotton carries high-level fantasy upside into 2017 with half of his starts scheduled for one of baseball's best pitcher parks.
Feb 16 - 2:07 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that Frankie Montas will work as a starter this spring.

Montas has been limited to just 16 innings in the minors last season due to a rib issue, so the A's are going to bring him along slowly. While he'll get a look as a starter, he's also an option for the bullpen. Montas was acquired from the Dodgers last August in the trade for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.
Feb 15 - 12:44 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin reiterated Wednesday that he could use multiple options out of the closer role this season.

In other words, not much has changed since Melvin's comments last month. Ryan Madson saved 30 games for the A's last season, but the club signed Santiago Casilla over the winter and he could be in the mix here. The club also has Sean Doolittle and John Axford in-house. He doesn't expect spring performance to have a major impact on his decision-making, so this promises to be a confusing situation for fantasy owners.


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