Player News - Athletics

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Blake Treinen worked around a single while striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in San Diego for his 16th save.

Treinen has been lights out, as he just continues to pound the strike zone. He threw 13 of his 16 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 1.03. He has converted 16 of his 18 save chances, and he is likely going to be rewarded with an All-Star appearance at this rate. Treinen has yielded just two earned runs over his past 23 innings across 20 appearances.
Jun 20 - 2:50 AM

Paul Blackburn allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday in San Diego.

Blackburn was much better than his last time out, but he still recorded just 11 first-pitch strikes to the 21 batters he faced. He is tentatively scheduled to work next Sunday on the road against the White Sox, but he remains an extremely shaky fantasy option despite the seemingly favorable matchup.
Jun 20 - 2:46 AM

Matt Joyce (back) is on track to return to the Athletics' active roster this weekend.

Joyce had three hits in his second minor league rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Nashville, after going 1-for-3 in his rehab debut on Monday. The veteran outfielder was batting just .196 with a .677 OPS through 55 games with Oakland when he landed on the disabled list June 3 with a back injury.
Jun 19 - 8:00 PM

Matt Chapman got a cortisone injection for his sore right hand on Tuesday.

The hope is that he responds well to the cortisone and is able to begin swinging a bat on Thursday. Chapman was placed on the disabled list June 16 with discomfort in his right hand, but an MRI showed no structural damage, so he shouldn't be out too long. This has been a breakout season for the 25-year-old third baseman.
Jun 19 - 7:58 PM

Mark Canha finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-5 victory against the Angels.

It was a much-needed big game for Canha, who was tearing the cover off the ball in Cactus League spring play. However, he entered this contest with only one multi-hit performance over his past 21 outings. In fact, his average had slipped from .284 to .238 just since May 12. Perhaps this multi-hit effort will get him going again.
Jun 17 - 9:15 PM

Blake Treinen worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts in Sunday's relief victory against the Angels.

Treinen threw 18 of his 21 pitches for strikes in the impressive outing, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.06. He has converted 15 of his 17 save chances, and his last blown save came way back on April 18. He has yielded just two earned runs over his past 22 innings over his past 19 appearances, making him one of the best fantasy closer options around.
Jun 17 - 9:11 PM

Daniel Mengden allowed four earned runs, six hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Angels.

Mengden was humming along with a 4-1 record, 1.51 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 41 2/3 innings in six May starts. He is winless in the month of June with no quality starts over his three appearances. Mengden will look to get back to this winning ways next Saturday afternoon on the road against the White Sox.
Jun 17 - 9:08 PM

Dustin Fowler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday for the third game in a row.

The Angels are starting a third straight lefty and Fowler has been on the bench for all three games. Fowler did just fine against southpaws in the minors, but Mark Canha has punished lefties this season so the A's wanted him in center field for the second straight day.
Jun 17 - 1:51 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville.

Lucas has posted a 2.89 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. He will operate in middle relief.
Jun 17 - 8:32 AM

Athletics optioned RHP Carlos Ramirez to Triple-A Nashville.

Ramirez holds a 3.24 ERA over five relief appearances for the Blue Jays and A's this season. He'll be back up with Oakland later this summer.
Jun 17 - 8:31 AM

Chad Pinder went 3-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Angels.

He opened the scoring with a solo home run off starter John Lamb in the fourth inning. He tripled and scored on a Jed Lowrie knock in the seventh frame. Pinder has hit fairly well this season, but as a platoon outfielder he doesn't get enough chances to make much of a fantasy impact. He has a .252 batting average with six home runs and 14 RBI in 150 plate appearances.
Jun 16 - 8:06 PM

Blake Treinen allowed a run in a shaky ninth inning but was still able to lock down the save against the Angels on Saturday.

He walked the first two batters he faced (Mike Trout and Albert Pujols) and eventually surrendered an RBI-single to Jose Miguel Fernandez with two outs before getting Luis Valbuena to ground out to end the game. Treinen now has 15 saves in 17 chances and a sterling 1.13 ERA on the season.
Jun 16 - 8:02 PM

Sean Manaea surrendered three runs in six innings and registered a win over the Angels on Saturday.

He made just one mistake in the ballgame and Chris Young deposited it over the outfield wall for a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Manaea survived that to turn in a quality start and even his record at 6-6 on the season. He has a 3.56 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 19 walks in 93 2/3 innings across 15 starts.
Jun 16 - 7:57 PM

Athletics recalled INF Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville.

The talented 22-year-old has struggled in his brief time in the big leagues, slashing just .182/.241/.325 with a 36/6 K/BB ratio in 83 plate appearances. He's only up to provide infield depth while Matt Chapman (hand) is sidelined and isn't worthy of fantasy consideration in redraft leagues.
Jun 16 - 9:28 AM

Athletics place 3B Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with right hand soreness.

The good news, is that his MRI revealed no structural damage. The bad news, is that it's the same issue that Chapman dealt with last September and during spring training. Franklin Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to provide infield depth while Chapman is sidelined.
Jun 16 - 9:25 AM


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