Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Athletics placed OF Rajai Davis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a left hamstring strain.

It's not a severe strain, but the A's will take advantage of the new 10-day disabled list to get Davis some needed rest. The veteran outfielder is batting just .214/.262/.375 with one home run and one stolen base through 15 regular-season games.
Apr 25 - 5:48 PM

Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto picked up three hits on Monday for Triple-A Nashville.

Barreto has been prone to slow starts, but not this year. He's hitting .352/.400/.549 with the Sounds, and showing why so many believe he's one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Oakland general manager David Forst recently said that Barreto isn't a candidate for a call-up, but more efforts like this could force the A's hand.
Apr 25 - 1:18 PM

Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Healy has been killing the ball of late, as Sunday's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games. He is not just getting by on singles, either, having picked up four extra base hits in this four-game weekend set against the Mariners. Since April 15, the 25-year-old has raised his average from .170 to .279.
Apr 23 - 8:09 PM

Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Alonso doubled off Evan Scribner in the ninth inning, but the A's were unable to bring him around to score. And even if they had, they were trailing 11-1 at the time he hit that two-bagger. The 30-year-old first baseman is off to a nice start this season, hitting .292/.370/.563 with three homers and 10 RBI through his first 48 at-bats.
Apr 23 - 8:03 PM

Andrew Triggs struggled mightily in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, yielding six runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Triggs entered action on Sunday working on a 17 2/3 innings streak of not allowing an earned run. That came to an end in the first inning against the Mariners, courtesy of a Robinson Cano single. Considerably more damage would befell Triggs in the third, when the M's put up a five-spot. Four of the five runs in that frame scored on a grand slam off the bat of Taylor Motter. Even with this rough showing, the 28-year-old right-hander still holds a 2.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through his first four starts. Sunday's performance was his first allowing more than two runs. He will try for the rebound in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 23 - 7:53 PM

Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Monday and is on track to start Thursday in Anaheim.

Graveman went on the disabled list a week ago with a shoulder injury, but the move has looked precautionary from the beginning, as the righty resumed throwing a day after going on the DL. The righty has put up a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts and should be started in deeper fantasy leagues this week.
Apr 23 - 2:33 PM

Sonny Gray (lat) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

Gray was terrific in his first outing Saturday at High-A Stockton, allowing only one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings. He threw 47 pitches in that start and will get his pitch count up to 75 Thursday. Assuming everything goes well, Gray will rejoin the A's rotation after that.
Apr 23 - 2:29 PM

Rajai Davis (hamstring) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It will be a third straight start that he's missed due to a tight left hamstring. Davis worked out prior to Saturday's game and presumably will Sunday, as well, so it appears he's close to returning. The A's are also giving Khris Davis a day off Sunday, as they have Matt Joyce, Jaff Decker and Matt Olson in the outfield.
Apr 23 - 1:36 PM

Athletics transferred RHP Chris Bassitt from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Bassitt is looking at a midseason return from Tommy John surgery.
Apr 23 - 12:12 PM


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