Player News - Athletics

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Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Healy was more or less the entire offense for the A's in this one. No other Athletics batter had more than one hit and as a team, they finished with six knocks -- half of which belonged to Healy. His sixth inning RBI double off Ricky Nolasco drove in the team's lone run of the game. This was his second three-hit effort in his last three games. Overall, he is slashing a sturdy .309/.341/.526 with 12 homers and 34 RBI over 249 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 12:57 AM

Daniel Mengden was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding eight runs on nine hits over three-plus innings.

Mengden surrendered one run in the first inning. The fourth would prove considerably worse. That is when the seven other runs on his line touched home, the key blow coming via a grand slam by Jefry Marte. Alas, Mengden will have no further chances for redemption this season, as Tuesday's outing served as his final start of 2016. The 23-year-old right-hander has mostly struggled in his first season in the bigs, pitching to a 6.50 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 71/33 K/BB ratio over 72 innings.
Sep 28 - 12:45 AM

Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year.
Sep 27 - 2:56 AM

Joe Wendle went 0-for-4 as Oakland's leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Angels.

The A's have tons of at-bats available for Wendle, Brett Eibner and two guys very likely to be let go in October in Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, but they can't find a single start for Arismendy Alcantara somehow. Wendle is hitting .260 since getting the call on Aug. 31, but that comes with just one extra-base hit and five walks in 77 at-bats. At best, he'll be an adequate platoon second baseman while he's cheap.
Sep 27 - 2:54 AM

Ryon Healy clobbered another home run on Sunday as the Athletics routed the Rangers 7-1 in Oakland.

All of the damage came during a seven-run uprising in the second inning, which Healy capped off with a two-run homer to chase Colby Lewis from the game. He has really opened some eyes during his time with the big league club, slashing .303/.336/.519 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 241 at-bats. He has likely played his way into a role as the club's starting third baseman heading into 2017.
Sep 25 - 6:40 PM

Jharel Cotton earned his second victory of the season on Sunday, firing seven impressive innings of one-run baseball against the Rangers.

Cotton punched out five on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. The only blemish on his day was a solo homer off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the seventh inning. The rookie right-hander has been tremendous in his limited time with the A's, compiling a 1.44 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 16/3 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. He's worth a look in all formats for his final start of the season on Saturday against the Mariners in Seattle.
Sep 25 - 6:40 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week.
Sep 25 - 2:06 PM

Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday.
Sep 25 - 1:16 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health.
Sep 25 - 12:56 PM

Raul Alcantara scattered seven hits and four runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Rangers.

He finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Elvis Andrus was his Kryptonite, taking him deep twice with two-run shots in the second and sixth innings. Alcantara was extremely efficient, throwing 58 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The right-hander now holds a 5.75 ERA in four starts since his call-up three weeks ago. He'll make his last start of the year Friday against Seattle.
Sep 24 - 8:22 PM

Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sep 24 - 1:59 PM

Khris Davis (illness) returned to the Athletics starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Rangers.

Davis hadn't played since Monday as he was battling a stomach bug. The 28-year-old outfielder is having a nice season in the middle of the A's lineup, slashing .250/.307/.526 with 40 home runs and 99 RBI.
Sep 24 - 8:49 AM

Kendall Graveman allowed three runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

Graveman struggled in his previous two starts before bouncing back tonight. He shut out the Rangers for six innings before giving up three in the seventh, the last two coming on Adrian Beltre's homer.
Sep 24 - 1:18 AM

Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

Maxwell drew the A's to within 4-2 with his sixth inning RBI double, but despite several pushes over the later innings, the Athletics were unable to claw out from the deficit and ultimately fell by a 6-5 final. For his part, the 25-year-old Maxwell is hitting .265/.329/.382 with one homer and 12 RBI over 68 at-bats.
Sep 21 - 6:58 PM

Daniel Mengden couldn't quite supply a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Mengden struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. The Astros burned him for one run in the fifth inning, then drove him from the game completely with a three-run sixth. The key blow in that frame was a two-run home run off the bat of Evan Gattis. Mengden, 23, will carry a tough 5.74 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into a road start against the Angels next time out. That will likely be his final start of the season.
Sep 21 - 6:51 PM


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