Player News - Athletics

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Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week.
Sep 25 - 2:06 PM

Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday.
Sep 25 - 1:16 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health.
Sep 25 - 12:56 PM

Raul Alcantara scattered seven hits and four runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Rangers.

He finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Elvis Andrus was his Kryptonite, taking him deep twice with two-run shots in the second and sixth innings. Alcantara was extremely efficient, throwing 58 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The right-hander now holds a 5.75 ERA in four starts since his call-up three weeks ago. He'll make his last start of the year Friday against Seattle.
Sep 24 - 8:22 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sep 24 - 1:59 PM

Khris Davis (illness) returned to the Athletics starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Rangers.

Davis hadn't played since Monday as he was battling a stomach bug. The 28-year-old outfielder is having a nice season in the middle of the A's lineup, slashing .250/.307/.526 with 40 home runs and 99 RBI.
Sep 24 - 8:49 AM

Kendall Graveman allowed three runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

Graveman struggled in his previous two starts before bouncing back tonight. He shut out the Rangers for six innings before giving up three in the seventh, the last two coming on Adrian Beltre's homer.
Sep 24 - 1:18 AM

Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

Maxwell drew the A's to within 4-2 with his sixth inning RBI double, but despite several pushes over the later innings, the Athletics were unable to claw out from the deficit and ultimately fell by a 6-5 final. For his part, the 25-year-old Maxwell is hitting .265/.329/.382 with one homer and 12 RBI over 68 at-bats.
Sep 21 - 6:58 PM

Daniel Mengden couldn't quite supply a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Mengden struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. The Astros burned him for one run in the fifth inning, then drove him from the game completely with a three-run sixth. The key blow in that frame was a two-run home run off the bat of Evan Gattis. Mengden, 23, will carry a tough 5.74 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into a road start against the Angels next time out. That will likely be his final start of the season.
Sep 21 - 6:51 PM

J.B. Wendelken has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The 23-year-old right-hander is likely to require Tommy John surgery, but he'll go for a second opinion first. Tommy John would sideline Wendelken for the entire 2017 season.
Sep 21 - 2:25 PM

Khris Davis (illness) is out again Wednesday.

Davis was scratched from the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night after showing up to the ballpark with a stomach bug and he's apparently still fighting through it. Jake Smolinski is starting in left field and batting ninth Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.
Sep 21 - 12:39 PM

Danny Valencia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Astros.

Valencia could not find a hit on the evening, a common theme for the A's. As a team, they managed just a trio of singles over 10 innings. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing .287/.348/.455 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 442 at-bats.
Sep 21 - 1:15 AM

Sean Manaea took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, firing six shutout innings while striking out seven.

Manaea surrendered just three hits and held a 1-0 lead after six innings, but the game-tying run would come home in the seventh to deprive him of a win. He will bring a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. That will be his last start of the season as the schedule currently stands.
Sep 21 - 1:10 AM

Henderson Alvarez underwent surgery on his upper right (throwing) arm on Tuesday.

Alvarez had a bicep tenodesis procedure as well as an excision of a bony exostosis in his shoulder, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. It's the second major upper-arm surgery for Alvarez in the last 14 months and he heads back into free agency as a big question mark. The 26-year-old got a one-year, $4.25 million deal from Oakland last winter but didn't throw a single pitch in an Athletics uniform.
Sep 20 - 11:45 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year.
Sep 20 - 7:23 PM


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