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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said there's a "good chance" Chad Pinder (hamstring) will join the team on its upcoming homestand.

Jul 22 - 9:04 PM

Ryon Healy (head) is not in the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

Healy expected to return to action on Saturday, but the A's are playing it safe after he was hit in the head by a ground ball during Friday's game. He hit in the cage before the game and should be available off the bench.
Jul 22 - 3:16 PM

Ryon Healy (head) expects to return to the Athletics' lineup on Saturday.

Healy was removed from Friday's game after a rogue ground ball hopped up and hit him in the head, but he passed all of his concussion tests and anticipates getting right back in the lineup. Still, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him sit for a day just as a precautionary measure.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 22 - 2:09 AM

Paul Blackburn took the loss Friday after allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Mets.

Blackburn gave up two runs through his first five innings of work before running into trouble in the sixth. He walked Asdrubal Cabrera to begin the frame and gave up a one-out single to Yoenis Cespedes before being pulled. Both of them eventually scored on T.J. Rivera’s little league home run. Blackburn owns a 2.88 ERA through his first four starts in the majors, but he has struck out just nine batters in 25 innings.
Jul 21 - 11:20 PM

Marcus Semien finished 4-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

All four hits were singles. He knocked in runs in the fifth and eighth innings. Coming into Friday’s game, Semien was just 5-for-38 (.132) through his first 10 games since coming off the disabled list. He’s obviously capable of better moving forward
Jul 21 - 11:18 PM

Ryon Healy was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets after taking a ground ball to the face.

The ball was sharply hit, took a bad hop and appeared to hit him in the left temple area. Healy looked very shaken up afterwards and will head for further examination. Yonder Alonso replaced him in the field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jul 21 - 9:09 PM

Jharel Cotton (blister) has rejoined the Athletics and is slated to throw a bullpen session Friday.

Cotton made a rehab start Wednesday and is looks like it will be the only one he'll need before rejoining the A's rotation. He should make a start for them sometime next week.
Jul 21 - 3:56 PM

Yonder Alonso is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

He's getting a breather with the Mets throwing lefty Steven Matz. Jed Lowrie is also sitting out, as the A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Adam Rosales at second.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Steven Matz may appear to be a pitcher to avoid at first glance, but he's clearly still working his way back into form. Matz's velocity is down about a mile per hour this season and his strikeout rate has plummeted to 13.5% against right-handed bats and 19.1 against lefties. The A's lose the DH in an NL park and aren't one of the top stacks of the day, but targeting them for value - namely with Marcus Semien, Rajai Davis, Matt Chapman and Ryon Healy - is certainly viable.
Jul 21 - 3:54 PM

Athletics recalled 1B/OF Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

Olson has batted .184/.310/.449 with four homers over 49 at-bats during his time in the majors this season. He should get some chances in right field.
Jul 21 - 12:02 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Frankie Montas from Triple-A Nashville.

Montas holds a 6.91 ERA over 21 relief appearances with the A's this season. He'll provide length in the bullpen.
Jul 21 - 8:15 AM

According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins "continue to monitor the market" for Sonny Gray.

Add another team to Gray's growing list of suitors. The Twins are finalizing a trade for Braves lefty Jaime Garcia but apparently that won't stop them from pursuing Gray. Minnesota is clearly all-in but with so many other teams in the running, acquiring Gray is probably a long shot.
Jul 21 - 12:09 AM

The Athletics discussed a multi-year deal with Marcus Semien this offseason.

They also had brief discussions with Khris Davis. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's were mulling a five-year deal with Semien and though nothing came of it, the shortstop would be open to revisiting those talks. "Every player wants to make sure they’re doing what’s right for them and their family," he said. "But ever since I broke my wrist, nothing’s happening and I’m hitting below .200, so I don’t know. We haven’t talked since the spring." Semien is under contract through 2020 so obviously there's no sense of urgency here.
Jul 20 - 10:36 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are not in "serious talks" for Sonny Gray.

Per Heyman, Houston is "looking elsewhere" right now. That conflicts with a report by MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said earlier today that talks were "heating up" between the A's and Astros. It's possible the Astros balked at Oakland's asking price for Gray but with the trade deadline over a week away, there's still time for the sides to strike a deal. Jeff Samardzija could be a fallback option for the Astros if they lose out on Gray, who is also being pursued by the Yankees and Indians.
Jul 20 - 9:40 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Athletics "have named their price" for Sonny Gray in trade talks with the Yankees.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports added that the A's have a scout observing the Yankees' Double-A affiliate in Trenton tonight. The Yankees made a huge trade earlier this week when they acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox and from the looks of it, they're not done adding pieces. Gray has drawn widespread trade interest with the Astros and Indians among his top suitors. The Yankees could certainly use another arm after losing Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery earlier this month.
Jul 20 - 7:22 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Networks reports that talks are "heating up" between the Astros and Athletics on a Sonny Gray trade.

Morosi notes, however, that the Astros are also talking to the Tigers about a possible package for both Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson. Gray, 27, has rebounded this season with a strong 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 91 innings, after finishing with a 5.69 ERA over 117 innings in 2016. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Jul 20 - 11:28 AM


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