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Josh Reddick hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Royals.

Reddick launched a three-run shot off Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Next batter Brett Lawrie paid the bill, as Ventura plunked him and was ejected. Lawrie's hard slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday set all of this off. Extracurricular activity aside, Reddick finished the game 2-for-4. He had been on the shelf for more than a month as he recovered from an oblique injury. Reddick hit 12 home runs in his 2013 and 2014 campaigns, both of which were shortened by injuries. When healthy, he's a potential 20-plus home run player.
Apr 18 - 10:23 PM

Jesse Hahn left his start Saturday versus the Royals with a blister on his right hand.

It doesn't sound like much, though blisters sometimes cause starting pitchers to miss rotation turns. It's a coin flip whether Hahn will be ready to go Thursday against the Angels. If he isn't ready, expect Jesse Chavez to get the nod. Hahn allowed just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Royals and boasts a 2.12 ERA through three starts this season.
Apr 18 - 9:22 PM

Jesse Hahn left Saturday's start against the Royals in the sixth inning after fielding a comebacker.

He was looking at a finger on his throwing hand when he exited. It's a shame because Hahn was having an excellent game, allowing just three hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings. Jesse Chavez came on to take his place. We should know more about Hahn's status after the game. He could be dealing with a blister.
Apr 18 - 8:58 PM

A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Coco Crisp (elbow) could begin baseball activity on Monday.

That doesn't necessarily mean Crisp is close to a return but it's a step in the right direction. Crisp, who underwent right elbow surgery on April 3, was originally given a 6-8 week timetable. He doesn't offer much in the way of average or power but Crisp can tear up the base paths when he's healthy.
Apr 18 - 5:30 PM

Ben Zobrist (heel) went 0-for-4 in his return to the Athletics lineup on Friday.

He sat out Wednesday's contest with a sore heel and got an extra day to rest with Thursday's off-day. Serving primarily as the third hitter in Bob Melvin's lineup, Zobrist is hitting .256/.302/.462 with a homer and six RBI through his first 10 games.
Apr 18 - 8:13 AM

Stephen Vogt delivered the first multi-homer game of his career in Friday's loss to the Royals.

Vogt followed a solo blast by Ike Davis with one of his own off Jeremy Guthrie in the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He'd later tag Guthrie again in the seventh for another solo shot, once again bringing the A's even at 4-4. He finished the career night 3-for-4 and is now hitting an impressive .353/.421/.735 with eight RBI in his first season as the A's full-time starting catcher.
Apr 17 - 10:55 PM

Sonny Gray was knocked around in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, surrendering four runs on 11 hits over his six innings of work.

Gray walked just one on the night while whiffing five. Most of the damage against him came on a three-run uprising in the third inning where the Royals strung together a bevy of singles. Even with the rough outing, Gray boasts a 2.11 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings. He'll again search for his second win when he takes on the Angels in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Apr 17 - 10:50 PM

Drew Pomeranz surrendered four runs in five-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

Pomeranz couldn't duplicate last week's effort against the Mariners, but at the same time, it wasn't any sort of disaster. Unfortunately, the six hits he did allow all came two at a time and four of them were for extra bases. He ended up striking out five and walking just one. As long as he keeps the walks down, he should prove effective most of the time.
Apr 15 - 11:49 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from 105 feet.

A's manager Bob Melvin heard Doolittle "really let it go" during his recent throwing session. Doolittle still isn't throwing from a mound, one of the biggest steps he needs to take before eyeing a return, but that should come soon if he continues to feel good throwing on flat ground. A mid-May return is still likely.
Apr 15 - 7:16 PM

Ben Zobrist is nursing a sore heel.

That's the primary reason for his absence Wednesday night against the Astros. Zobrist is expected to return to the lineup Friday after Thursday's off day.
Apr 15 - 6:17 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to simply be a day off. Eric Sogard is at second base in Zobrist's place.
Apr 15 - 3:24 PM

Jarrod Parker (elbow) will throw 45 pitches in an extended spring training game on Saturday.

It will be his first game action since last year's Tommy John surgery. Parker could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment in a couple weeks and might be an option for the Athletics' rotation before the end of May. He's making his way back from a second Tommy John operation.
Apr 14 - 11:50 PM

Sam Fuld doubled twice in four at-bats and scored the only run that mattered in Tuesday's win against the Astros.

Fuld doubled to lead off the ballgame and later scored the game's first run on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly. As the A's ended up shutting out the Astros, it turned out to be the deciding run. Fuld has hit extremely well to start the season, batting .375 with four doubles, two triples, and eight runs scored in 35 plate appearances.
Apr 14 - 11:25 PM

Kendall Graveman shut out the Astros over 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season on Tuesday.

Graveman had a disastrous season debut on Thursday, serving up eight runs to the Rangers. He was much better this time around, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks while striking out three. Graveman doesn't miss bats often, which limits his mixed league appeal. He is slated for a date with the Angels in L.A. next.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) is in the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Astros.

Vogt turned his left ankle on Monday night, but he only came away with a bit of swelling. The catcher is batting .348/.423/.609 through seven games this year.
Apr 14 - 4:50 PM


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