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Jaff Decker (oblique) is aiming to play in a minor league game Saturday.

Decker came down with some oblique soreness last week, but he took 60 swings in a batting cage Thursday without issue and he hopes to take live batting practice on Friday. The 27-year-old outfielder is trying to win a spot on the Athletics' bench.
Mar 23 - 12:27 PM

Andrew Triggs scattered three hits and two runs over five innings Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

He fanned four and didn’t walk anyone. Triggs cruised through the first four innings before finally allowing his first run on a solo blast by Yolmer Sanchez. His afternoon ended after yielding a leadoff single in the sixth. Triggs has been trying to lock up the fifth spot in Oakland’s starting rotation and Wednesday’s outing didn't hurt his chances.
Mar 22 - 8:04 PM

Stephen Vogt drilled two hits Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League win over the White Sox.

He plated two with a first-inning double and kept the engine running with a leadoff single in the third. Vogt ended the day by grounding out in his last two at-bats. The 31-year-old has had a decent spring, hitting .324 over 34 at-bats. He’s slated to split catching duties with Josh Phegley but should see time at DH as well.
Mar 22 - 8:02 PM

Sonny Gray (lat) will make around 20 throws from 60 feet and 15 from 75 feet on Wednesday.

Gray strained his lat on March 7. While he was initially expected to be shut down completely for three weeks, he received the all-clear to start a throwing program after undergoing his two-week check-up. Gray was making tosses from 60 and 75 feet on Tuesday and will do likewise on Wednesday. These are clear positive steps, but he is unlikely to make his regular-season debut until mid-April at the earliest.
Mar 22 - 4:41 PM

Jharel Cotton walked five batters and was charged with five runs over 3 2/3 innings versus the Mariners on Tuesday.

The fourth inning wasn't kind to Cotton, as he issued three walks and allowed four runs (although two of them were charged after he was pulled). He permitted five hits on the night and struck out a pair. Cotton had pitched well during Cactus League play prior to this one, although he's been wild all spring with nine walks over 11 frames.
Mar 22 - 12:00 AM

Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Bassitt had the operation last May and has progressed without any setbacks so far during his rehab. He hopes to be an option for the A's around midseason.
Mar 21 - 6:14 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that the roles in the bullpen this season will likely be "fluid."

The skipper indicated that Ryan Madson, who saved 30 games for Oakland in 2016, would probably be the primary closer to begin the season. However, it sounds like many others could get an opportunity, with Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle, John Axford and possibly others all in the mix. The situation promises to be a headache for fantasy owners.

Sonny Gray (lat) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Gray was supposed to be shut down for three weeks after being diagnosed with a strained right lat, but he had an MRI at his two-week checkup and was given the go-ahead to throw from 75 feet Tuesday. That puts him ahead of schedule, meaning that he could return by mid-April if all goes well rather than the initial late-April projection. It's good news, but Gray remains a question mark after last year's performance and health struggles coupled with more issues this spring.
Mar 21 - 5:25 PM

Jaff Decker (oblique) will resume hitting on Wednesday.

Decker has been battling a sore oblique for a few days, but it looks like he'll be fine. He could return to game action soon.
Mar 21 - 5:16 PM

Athletics reassigned C Matt McBride, INF Max Schrock and RHPs Daniel Gossett, Chris Smith and Sean Murphy to minor league camp.

McBride has been dealing with a mild lat strain that held him out of Cactus League action for the past week or so. None of the four were expected to break camp with the big league club.
Mar 19 - 7:29 PM

Jesse Hahn was blasted for seven earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Hahn retried all three batters he faced in an efficient 1-2-3 first inning, but the Rockies struck for five runs on three singles, two walks, and a Charlie Blackmon triple in the bottom of the second. Hahn has a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings (four appearances) this spring. He posted a rough 6.02 ERA in just 46 1/3 innings last year during the regular season.
Mar 19 - 6:27 PM

Sonny Gray (lat) is hoping to gain clearance from Dr. Anthony Romeo on Monday to resume a throwing program.

Romero is known as a latissimus dorsi expert. Gray is only two weeks into his prescribed three-week shutdown period, so he's a little ahead of schedule. The righty has been receiving treatment and says he's felt pain-free for the last 10 days. If Gray does gain clearance to resume throwing, he could return in mid-April instead of late-April as initially expected.
Mar 19 - 2:44 PM

Jaff Decker was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore oblique.

Decker has a shot to win one of the bench jobs with the A's, but this obviously could greatly hurt his chances. He's hitting .304 this spring.
Mar 19 - 1:41 PM

Sonny Gray (lat) said Sunday that he's feeling great after 13 days of treatment and not throwing.

Well, we would hope so. Gray will remain shut down for another week before trying to resume a throwing program. We're not going to know much about his progress until then.
Mar 19 - 1:05 PM

Mark Canha went 1-for-3 with a double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Padres.

Canha's double was his fourth of the spring. After missing almost the entirety of the 2016 season due to a hip injury which required surgery, he has been a healthy contributor this spring. During his rookie campaign in 2015, Canha slashed .254/.315/.426 with 16 homers, 70 RBI and seven steals across 441 at-bats. Those numbers could see a bump this year, as that 2015 season was his first at the big league level. So long as he can stay off the disabled list, he makes for an intriguing fantasy prospect in both AL-only and mixed-league formats.
Mar 18 - 6:32 PM


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