Player News - Athletics

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Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday.

He took Jeff Samardzija deep in the first inning. Joyce is pegged as the starting right fielder in Oakland this year. He had a .242 batting average and a fantastic .403 on-base percentage in 140 games with the Pirates last year. He added 13 home runs and 42 RBI -- his lowest figures in those categories since 2010.
Feb 27 - 10:51 PM

Kendall Graveman pitched a scoreless inning in a start versus the Giants on Monday.

He allowed one hit and one walk while generating one strikeout. He is lined up as the number two starter in the Oakland rotation. He put up a 4.11 ERA with only 108 strikeouts in 186 innings last year.
Feb 27 - 10:47 PM

Santiago Casilla remains absent from A's camp due to an ongoing visa issue.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin noted Monday that it's not Casilla's fault, but the obviously-frustrated skipper did say, "I'd like to get him here ... I'd like to meet him." Casilla was signed to a two-year, $11 million free agent contract in January after posting a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings with the Giants last season. The veteran reliever has committed to pitching for Team Dominica in the World Baseball Classic, but that plan might have to be altered.
Feb 27 - 11:29 AM

Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto went 2-for-2 in Sunday's Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Barreto got the start at shortstop and managed two singles before being replaced after six innings by Chad Pinder. The athletic 21-year-old is poised to make his major league debut in 2017 after batting .284/.342/.422 with 11 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 123 games last season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville.
Feb 26 - 7:01 PM

Daniel Gossett delivered two innings of scoreless ball Sunday in his Cactus League debut against the Angels.

Gossett issued a two-out walk in the first inning and a leadoff walk in the second, but no runner got beyond first base during those opening frames. The second-round pick from 2014 put up an impressive 2.69 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 151/41 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings last season between High-A Stockton, Double-A Midland, and Triple-A Nashville. He's on track to make his MLB debut sometime in 2017.
Feb 26 - 4:14 PM

Jake Smolinski is not able to play the field yet due to a right shoulder issue.

Smolinski is able to hit, so he can serve as a designated hitter. However, it could be a while before he's cleared for full-time duty. He's competing for a reserve outfielder job with the A's this spring.
Feb 26 - 1:29 PM

Ryon Healy reported to Athletics camp with a minor quad injury but has been cleared to play in games.

The ailment had gone unreported until now, but it doesn't sound like a big deal as long as Healy can avoid a setback. The 25-year-old was one of the few bright spots for the A's last season, batting .305/.337/.524 with 13 homers over 283 plate appearances.
Feb 26 - 1:26 PM

Sonny Gray will not pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic because he was denied insurance coverage for the event.

Major League Baseball pushed for Gray to be covered, but he was denied based on his time on the disabled list last season. The Athletics probable won't complain, as the right-hander will now be with them for a full camp.
Feb 26 - 11:57 AM

Matt McBride is currently not able to throw due to a mild right lat strain.

He's still able to catch bullpen sessions but isn't able to throw the ball back to the pitcher. McBride shouldn't get too far behind schedule, but he's not going to make the Opening Day roster, anyway.
Feb 26 - 11:38 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Jesse Hahn is in a "neck-and-neck" race with Andrew Triggs for the fifth spot in the Athletics' rotation.

Triggs has been talked up all offseason as the likely fifth starter after his surprising late-season success in the A's rotation. He probably still has a slight lead at this juncture, but Slusser says Hahn has been "impressive" in his early bullpen sessions. Hahn did struggle in the team's Cactus League opener Saturday, and of course he posted an ugly 6.02 ERA for the A's last season. There's obviously a long way to go before this battle is sorted out.
Feb 26 - 9:41 AM

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


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