Player News - Athletics

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Billy Burns went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, and two stolen bases Thursday against the Tigers.

After drawing a walk in the third inning, Burns stole second and third base before eventually being brought home on a single by Josh Reddick. The speedster lost some playing time to Coco Crisp in the early part of the season, but he has been in the lineup pretty regularly of late. Burns has shown an elite contact rate so far, striking out just five times in 18 games, but it has led to a modest .268/.316/.366 batting line and just one RBI. On the bright side, he has six steals.
Apr 28 - 8:18 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the club might want to get Chris Bassitt "checked out" due to a drop in velocity.

According to Brooks Baseball, Bassitt was sitting around 92 mph with his fastball on Thursday against the Tigers while giving up seven runs on 10 walks over 3 2/3 innings. That's a couple ticks down from where he was when the season began. For what it's worth, Bassitt claims that he's fine physically.
Apr 28 - 5:06 PM

Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday.

Alvarez has posted a 1.80 ERA through two rehab starts, yielding four hits and no walks in five innings. The right-hander could become an option for the A's rotation in early-to-mid May if everything continues to go smoothly. He made just four appearances last season for the Marlins before coming down with shoulder problems that eventually required major surgery. Oakland took a smart one-year, $4.25 million gamble on the 26-year-old Alvarez this winter.
Apr 28 - 11:33 AM

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers.

Davis showed massive power with the Brewers to close the 2015 season, which inspired the Athletics to trade for him this past offseason. One of the biggest concerns has been whether he'll hit for power in Oakland. Despite his big night on the road in Detroit on Wednesday, he's only hitting .154/.214/.192 at O.co Coliseum. It's early, yes, but it has certainly done little to alleviate the concerns that surrounded him coming into the year. Overall, Davis now has a .233 batting average to go with three homers and a 30.8 percent strikeout rate.
Apr 28 - 12:21 AM

Sonny Gray was lifted after just two ineffective innings on Wednesday against the Tigers, getting torched for four runs on two hits and four walks.

Wednesday night marked the shortest start of Gray’s career. He couldn’t command the strike zone and saw most of the damage come when he surrendered a two-out, three-run homer to J.D. Martinez -- and he followed that up with a walk to Miguel Cabrera, just for good measure. The Athletics went to the bullpen to begin the third inning, likely concerned about Gray needing 65 stressful pitches to get as far as he did. This should prove to be nothing more than a speed bump in a successful season, though. The right-hander has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball over the past couple of years.
Apr 27 - 11:57 PM

Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw off flat ground on Wednesday.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the next stretch of Alvarez's rehab will be determined within the next few days. He has been throwing issue-free bullpen sessions and simulated games. The 26-year-old right-hander made just four starts last year before shoulder woes eventually led to surgery in July.
Apr 27 - 5:17 PM

Jesse Hahn will not join the A's rotation this week because he is dealing with a blister.

Sean Manaea, the A's top pitching prospect, is going to get the nod instead in place of recently-demoted starter Eric Surkamp. Manaea is good enough to run away with that rotation spot, but Hahn will get his shot eventually. He owns a 2.04 ERA in four starts this season at the Triple-A level.
Apr 27 - 1:02 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Athletics are calling up pitching prospect Sean Manaea to start Friday night against the Astros.

Manaea, acquired from the Royals last year in the Ben Zobrist deal, boasts a 1.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 21/4 K/BB in 18 innings (three starts) this season at Triple-A Nashville. He warrants a pickup in mixed fantasy leagues, even if the stay is not an extended one. The young lefty will be making his major league debut.
Apr 27 - 12:55 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Andrew Triggs to Triple-A Nashville.

Triggs threw a scoreless, hitless inning on Monday but will get the boot to clear a spot for Matt McBride, who's going to join the Oakland bench on Wednesday night.
Apr 27 - 12:30 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of 1B/OF/C Matt McBride from Triple-A Nashville.

McBride will take a spot on the A's bench. He's been playing some catcher this year for Nashville and can function as a backup at multiple positions for Oakland, but the 30-year-old is a .199/.228/.305 career MLB hitter.
Apr 27 - 12:28 PM

Athletics transferred LHP Felix Doubront from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Doubront underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery earlier this month. He's done until mid-2017.
Apr 27 - 12:25 PM

Jed Lowrie (calf) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Lowrie missed a game this past weekend with a sore calf, but it was clearly nothing serious. The second baseman has 11 RBI in 20 games this season and he batted cleanup for Oakland on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Apr 27 - 9:03 AM

Rich Hill was fantastic Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings while recording eight strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over the Tigers.

Hill used that big, bending curveball to perfection in this one. He gave up only four hits -- all singles -- on the night and walked two. The terrific outing lowered Hill's ERA to 2.42, and he now boasts a 37/9 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. Not bad for a guy who was in independent ball last August. Hill will try to keep it going this weekend against the Astros.
Apr 26 - 10:20 PM

Marcus Semien smacked a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Semien's two-run blast off of Mike Pelfrey in the seventh inning essentially put the game out of reach. It was his fifth home run of the season, which is tops among all American League shortstops in the early going, although Semien is batting only .197/.270/.439 overall.
Apr 26 - 10:08 PM

Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May.
Apr 26 - 5:20 PM


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