Player News - Athletics

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Daniel Mengden surrendered two runs in 7 2/3 innings Monday to beat the Giants for his first career victory.

Mengden lost each of his first three starts, though given his 3.00 ERA, it was hardly deserved. He was threatening a shutout tonight because the Giants got to him for a run in the eighth. The A's decided to take no chances afterwards and lifted him from an 8-1 game. An inherited runner came around to score off Fernando Rodriguez.
Jun 28 - 1:18 AM

Marcus Semien delivered a three-run homer and an RBI double against the Giants on Monday.

Semien is up to 15 homers this year. Unfortunately, he hasn't been overly helpful elsewhere, and even with the homers, he has a modest 33 runs scored and 39 RBI while often hitting low in the order. If he can bring his average up some and convince the A's to hit him second or third, he'd have quite a bit more fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 1:14 AM

Rich Hill (groin) allowed one run in three-plus innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with High-A Stockton.

Hill struck out six and walked none while throwing 44 out of 66 pitches for strikes. The A's have yet to make an official decision, but he could potentially be cleared to make his return this weekend against the Pirates. Hill has been sidelined for about a month with a right groin strain.
Jun 27 - 11:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are drawing trade interest in reliever Sean Doolittle.

Rosenthal notes that demand could be considerable if the Yankees decide against breaking up their three-headed monster of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances. The A's don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move Doolittle, as he's signed through 2019 at a reasonable rate with an affordable club option for 2020. But his contract also makes him more attractive on the trade market. Doolittle owns a 2.93 ERA and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings this season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 27 - 8:59 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Josh Reddick (thumb) is track to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Reddick, out since May 19 with fractured left thumb, is 3-for-20 (.150) with a homer over five rehab games with Triple-A Nashville. Assuming all goes well Monday, he's expected to return to the A's for Tuesday's game against the Giants. Reddick was batting .322/.394/.466 with five homers and 18 RBI in 44 games prior to the injury. He could become trade bait for Oakland next month if the two sides don't make progress on a contract extension. Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com hears that Reddick is on a preliminary list of players under consideration by the Giants.
Jun 27 - 8:52 PM

Athletics designated LHP Eric Surkamp for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. Surkamp has posted an ugly 6.98 ERA in nine starts with the A's this season.
Jun 27 - 6:23 PM

Athletics claimed RHP Nick Tepesch off waivers from the Dodgers; assigned him to Triple-A Nashville.

Tepesch was designated for assignment by the Dodgers after struggling in his lone start with the club last Friday. The 27-year-old will function as starting depth in the minors.
Jun 27 - 6:21 PM

Sonny Gray held the Angels to two runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision.

Anaheim won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walkoff sac fly by Jefry Marte. Gray did his part, yielding just five singles, a double, and one walk while whiffing three. He continues to lower his inflated season ERA, from 5.20 to 5.03 in this one. Look for the right-hander to keep it rolling next time out against the Pirates.
Jun 26 - 7:16 PM

Jed Lowrie is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Arismendy Alcantara is getting a start at second base.
Jun 26 - 12:44 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Josh Reddick plan to revisit contract extension talks before the trade deadline.

The two sides were unable to work something out previously, as the A's wanted to give Reddick a three-year deal and the outfielder was seeking four years. If a long-term deal isn't worked out, there's a good chance the A's will trade Reddick next month. Rosenthal does note that the club is prepared to hang on to Reddick and give him a qualifying offer over the winter if it comes to that. Reddick is making $6.575 million this season in his final year before free agency.
Jun 26 - 12:23 PM

Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Athletics over the Angels 7-3 on Saturday.

Valencia has quietly put up a fantastic .333/.381/.552 slash line with 11 home runs in 201 at-bats. He has played well in limited time in recent years, registering an .888 OPS in 2013 and an .864 OPS last year. So there is good reason to believe the 32-year-old veteran can continue to help fantasy teams all season long. He delivers a nice mix of power and average. The reason he has rarely been an everyday player throughout his career is because he has large platoon splits, being much more deadly versus left-handed pitching.
Jun 26 - 3:30 AM

Dillon Overton earned the first win of his career during an Athletics victory over the Angels, yielding three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

He didn't quite reach the threshold for a quality start in his major league debut, coming one out shy of the six innings required. Overton struck out three batters and walked two. All three of the runs he allowed came on solo homers from Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. The lefty Overton did not post enticing strikeout totals in the minors but he could have some moderate success in Oakland.
Jun 26 - 3:22 AM

Coco Crisp finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored on Saturday.

Crisp is rapidly approaching the end of his 15 year career and is not having a good season, but he is still capable of filling the stat sheet on the rare occasions when he is fully healthy. Today he reached base four times and his teammates drove him home each time.
Jun 26 - 2:45 AM

Henderson Alvarez received a platelet rich plasma injection in his right shoulder last week.

He won't be able to throw for at least three more weeks. The good news is that Alvarez's MRI revealed no structural damage so it doesn't look like he'll need surgery. Regardless, we won't be seeing Alvarez in a big league game anytime soon.
Jun 25 - 9:10 PM

Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts.
Jun 25 - 5:43 PM


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