Player News - Athletics

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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

Athletics transferred RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

It's just a formality as Alvarez has already missed more than 60 days. Alvarez recently suffered another setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's still without a timetable.
Jun 25 - 5:38 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville.

Overton wasn't on the 40-man roster so the A's transferred Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him. The left-hander will make his big-league debut Saturday against the Angels. Overton won his last seven starts for Nashville before his promotion, recording a dominant 1.40 ERA over that span.
Jun 25 - 5:35 PM

Athletics optioned LHP Eric Surkamp to Triple-A Nashville.

The A's needed to clear a roster spot for Dillon Overton, who is set to make his major league debut on Saturday. With Surkamp back in the minors, Sean Manaea (elbow) should return to the A's rotation Wednesday against San Francisco. Surkamp is winless in nine starts this season with a disastrous 6.98 ERA.
Jun 25 - 5:31 PM

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer as the Athletics topped the Angels 7-4 on Friday.

Davis has 18 homers and 49 RBI this season, so he's definitely doing something right. Of course, he also has a 71/8 K/BB ratio, which, combined with a .243 average and just eight doubles, leaves him with a .781 OPS that's far more solid than spectacular. He might be trade bait again this summer.
Jun 25 - 1:59 AM

After setting up for Sean Doolittle on Thursday, Ryan Madson picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth against the Angels on Friday.

Madson also pitched a scoreless inning Thursday before Doolittle gave up two runs in nearly blowing the lead. Tonight's save was just Madson's second of June, but that's less because of usage and more because the A's are struggling. He remains the primary closer.
Jun 25 - 1:58 AM

Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Angels.

Vogt is hitting .286 with two homers, a triple and five doubles in 56 at-bats this month. Unfortunately, all that has been good for is just four RBI and five runs scored. That's what playing for the A's gets you.
Jun 25 - 1:53 AM

Athletics pitching prospect Dillon Overton will be called up to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Angels.

The A's have decided to move Eric Surkamp up a day to Friday and give Overton the ball Saturday. The 24-year-old threw 7 1/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Nashville in his last start and holds a 1.40 ERA over his last seven outings, so it's not a surprise that Oakland has decided to give him a shot. Overton's ceiling is limited, but it's possible he could carve out some deep-league value.
Jun 24 - 10:52 AM


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