Player News - Athletics

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Khris Davis slugged his 34th home run of the year Sunday in the Athletics' 7-4 victory at St. Louis.

It was a two-run shot in the top of the first inning that set the tone for the afternoon. Davis later drew a walk and scored his second run of the game on a three-run shot from Stephen Vogt. The 28-year-old outfielder is setting himself up for a nice payday in his first turn through salary arbitration this winter.
Aug 28 - 5:07 PM

Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia.
Aug 28 - 2:08 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) is slated to resume a throwing program this week.

Gray has been shut down for the last three weeks with a muscle strain and inflammation in his right forearm, but he's apparently experienced improvement of late. A return before the end of the season is possible but not a given, especially with the minor league season likely ending before Gray would be ready for a rehab assignment. He's posted a 5.74 ERA over 21 starts this season.
Aug 28 - 1:24 PM

Zach Neal allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings while fanning three and took a no-decision as the Athletics beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday.

He gave up a solo homer to Randal Grichuk in the second inning. The unearned run scored in the third frame on an error by third baseman Ryon Healy. Neal's ERA improves to 4.96 with the quality start. The rookie rarely strikes out or walks anyone. He has only 17 strikeouts and an amazing two walks across 45 1/3 innings. He isn't likely to generate enough value to be of interest in fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 10:38 PM

Ryan Madson turned in a clean ninth inning versus the Cardinals to earn his 26th save of the season on Saturday.

He struck out one batter and didn't allow any hits or walks. He isn't one of the more dominant closers in the league and he doesn't have a lock on the closer role in Oakland but by and large he has gotten the job done this year. He has a 3.25 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings.
Aug 27 - 10:34 PM

Khris Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

The walk was more important than the hit because it came with the bases loaded to produce the Athletics' first run of the game. He scored a run in the eighth inning by sprinting home from third base on a ground ball to the first baseman. He is now batting .257/.300/.528 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI in 451 at-bats.
Aug 27 - 10:27 PM

Josh Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee.

Synovitis is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint. Phegley, who had surgery on July 5 to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from the same knee, was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear what the next step will be.
Aug 27 - 9:32 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) was not able to make his scheduled appearance Friday for Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle's shoulder is acting up again, though it looks like the decision to scratch him was precautionary. The A's are calling him day-to-day. Doolittle hasn't pitched for Oakland since late June. He'll fill a setup role when he's ready to return.
Aug 27 - 5:31 PM

Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

It appears to be just a day of rest for Valencia. Ryan Healy is getting the start at the hot corner while Yonder Alonso mans first base for the A's against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals.
Aug 27 - 3:35 PM

Ross Detwiler gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Since going eight scoreless against the Orioles on Aug. 10, Detwiler has given up 14 earned runs over 14 innings. The A's don't have anyone else they want to go to, so he'll remain in the rotation for now.
Aug 26 - 11:38 PM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 and homered for Oakland's only run of the game Friday against the Cardinals.

Alonso avoided being non-tendered by the Padres last year when the A's gave up Drew Pomeranz for him (whoops). He's going to need to be very strong from here on in to avoid the fate again this winter. He's been especially disappointing in the OBP department; the A's weren't counting on a lot of power from him, but they certainly expected better than a .314 OBP.
Aug 26 - 11:35 PM

Athletics activated SS Marcus Semien from the paternity leave list.

Semien and his wife had a baby boy earlier this week. He's taking the roster spot of Marc Rzepczynski, who was traded to the Nationals on Thursday.
Aug 26 - 1:24 PM

Athletics acquired INF Max Schrock from the Nationals for LHP Marc Rzepczynski.

Schrock, 21, has batted .333/.378/.456 with nine home runs, 68 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 76 runs scored in 121 games this season between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac while playing primarily at second base. He also has experience at shortstop and third. It's a decent get for a guy like Rzepczynski.
Aug 25 - 11:08 AM

Kendall Graveman fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Athletics' 5-1 win over the Indians.

Graveman was handed a 5-0 lead after the second inning and went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks over his six-plus frames while striking out two. The one run he gave up came on a Roberto Perez solo homer in the top of the seventh inning, which actually had to be reviewed. Graveman has been excellent now in two straight outings and boasts a 3.36 ERA over his last 18 starts. He'll try to keep it rolling next week in Houston.
Aug 24 - 6:27 PM

Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that.
Aug 24 - 3:26 PM


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