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The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez to make a spot start next week.

The idea would be to use a sixth starter for one turn in order to line up their four best starters for the August 28-31 series versus the Angels. Both Pomeranz and Chavez have pitched well when in the A's rotation this season but were booted when the club acquired Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester.
Aug 21 - 9:24 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento.

Otero holds a 1.96 ERA over 89 relief appearances for the A's over the last two seasons, so it's an unexpected move. However, it should be a short-term one, with Otero returning on September 1. Craig Gentry (hand) will be activated from the DL on Friday to take Otero's spot on the roster.
Aug 21 - 8:28 PM

Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

Olson leads the California League and is third in all of minor league baseball with 36 home runs for the season. He has been white-hot in August, hitting .293/.424/.600 with five doubles and six home runs over 19 games, raising his overall season line to .254/.400/.543. The California League is hitter friendly, but Stockton is slightly slanted toward pitchers, which makes Olson's higher output at home (.253/.396/.589 with 21 homers) as opposed to on the road (.256/.405/.493 with 15 homers) all the more impressive. He won't be up until mid-2015 at the earliest, but he has the power to be among the home run leaders in the major leagues once he's established.
Aug 21 - 9:41 AM

Jeff Samardzija was knocked around for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

It was his shortest outing since joining the A's. Samardzija just didn't have it, as he gave up seven hits (including two home runs) and two walks while striking out three. He needed 83 pitches just to record 11 outs. The 29-year-old now owns a 3.27 ERA over 26 starts this season and will look to bounce back next week against the Astros on the road.
Aug 20 - 7:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jon Lester signing with the Red Sox this offseason is seen as a "long shot."

It's no surprise, given they failed to agree to extension terms before the trade deadline and ultimately dealt him. Boston will likely at least make a cursory effort with Lester this winter, but the left-hander returning to Boston doesn't appear to be in the cards. Heyman says that the Yankees and Cubs are "much more likely landing spots" for the 30-year-old.
Aug 20 - 2:37 PM

Josh Donaldson is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

With Thursday's off day, the A's are giving Donaldson two days of rest in order to recharge the batteries. Alberto Callaspo is at the hot corner Wednesday.
Aug 20 - 2:19 PM

Nick Punto (hamstring) has yet to swing a bat since being placed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago.

Obviously he hasn't done any running, either. Punto's progress from a strained right hamstring has come along slower than expected and he won't rejoin the A's until rosters expand.
Aug 20 - 9:43 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics considered removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before ultimately deciding to just skip his turn.

Hammel holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's and will be available in relief until next week in Houston. If he pitches poorly again in that outing, Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz could take his spot the next turn through the rotation.
Aug 20 - 9:41 AM

Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
Aug 20 - 1:51 AM

Coco Crisp singled, tripled and drove in three runs as Oakland held off the Mets in a 6-2 Tuesday victory.

And oh boy, was it needed. Crisp has battled a chronic neck injury while looking absolutely helpless in the batter's box in the second half, entering this game 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break. His owners are a bit shell shocked, as Crisp slashed a robust .291/.387/.449 in the first half. He had only one extra-base hit and one RBI in his past eight games, and both came on Monday. Hopefully we're seeing the beginnings of a strong six-week run to finish the season.
Aug 20 - 1:34 AM

Scott Kazmir went six innings in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Mets, giving up one run on four hits.

Kazmir walked three and struck out six. The only nitpick in this performance was the lack of efficiency, as the lefty was yanked after 105 pitches. Kazmir entered the game 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at O.co Coliseum, but he had coughed up nine runs and 15 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his two previous home starts in August. Those outings represented the only times he'd given up more than three runs in a start since June 2. The southpaw improves to 14-5 with a 2.73 ERA, numbers he'll take into a date against his former employer the Angels on Sunday.
Aug 20 - 1:29 AM

The Athletics will skip Jason Hammel's next turn in the rotation.

Hammel was roughed up for five runs over three innings in his last outing and holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's. Thus, it's no surprise that Oakland has decided to use off days on Monday and Thursday to skip him. Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir will get the ball this weekend in the big series versus the Angels.
Aug 19 - 6:09 PM

Craig Gentry (hand) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento.

Gentry, out since July 28 with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand, served as the designated hitter and leadoff man. He'll likely play a few more games before coming off the DL.
Aug 19 - 9:08 AM

Craig Gentry (hand) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

Gentry has been out since July 28 with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to rejoin the A's in a few days.
Aug 18 - 5:01 PM

Nate Freiman clobbered a pair of home runs in a losing effort against the Braves on Sunday night.

Freiman was the only member of the A's offense who could solve opposing hurler Mike Minor in this one, blasting a pair of long solo home runs. Freiman finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .234/.280/.574 with four homers and 11 RBI in his limited time this season.
Aug 17 - 11:04 PM


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