Player News - Athletics

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Coco Crisp singled in Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 13th for the only run as the A's beat the Rays 1-0 on Friday.

It was Crisp's only hit of the night, but it came at a good time. He should be starting to lose playing time with the A's needing to go younger down the stretch, but Bob Melvin just can't give him up. He's batting .196/.268/.235 in 51 at-bats this month. He's led off 12 times for the A's in July and scored just twice.
Jul 23 - 1:49 AM

Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction.
Jul 23 - 12:37 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics plan to recall Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A on Saturday.

The 25-year-old backstop has been tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A, slashing .321/.393/.539 with 10 homers and 41 RBI in 60 games. It's unclear how he'll be utilized in Oakland or what the corresponding move might be.
Jul 22 - 9:36 PM

Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline.
Jul 22 - 7:34 PM

Marcus Semien is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a breather. Danny Valencia is also sitting out, as the A's are going with Arismendy Alcantara at shortstop, Yonder Alonso at first base, Khris Davis in the designated hitter spot, Jake Smolinski in center field and Coco Crisp in left.

Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline.
Jul 22 - 10:22 AM

Jake Smolinski went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Smolinski rocked Rays starter Matt Moore for a three-run shot in the second inning. It would be his only hit on the evening. At the time, it propelled the A's to a 3-2 advantage. The Rays would outscore the Athletics 5-0 the rest of the way. For the season, the 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.360/.495 with five homers and 20 RBI over 99 at-bats. Fine production for a part-time piece, though his fantasy upside is capped by his lack of consistent playing time.
Jul 22 - 3:28 AM

Sonny Gray was destroyed in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rays, yielding seven runs on nine hits over five innings.

With the loss, Gray fell to 4-9. The Rays would pounce on him for solitary runs in three of the first four innings before breaking through for four runs in the fifth inning. Gray struck out six without walking a batter. As far as disappointing seasons go, the ace right-hander's has to rank up there as one of the most unexpected. He will bring a 5.49 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 86/38 K/BB ratio (101 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Rangers in his next scheduled start.
Jul 22 - 3:22 AM

Jesse Hahn will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start for the Athletics on Sunday.

The A's had hoped that Rich Hill (blister) would be ready to return on Sunday, but that appears very unlikely. Hahn posted a worrisome 6.49 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in seven starts with the A's earlier in the season.
Jul 21 - 7:32 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Zach Neal from Triple-A Nashville.

Neal owns an ugly 8.04 ERA over 15 2/3 innings with the Athletics this season, but he'll provide a fresh arm for the bullpen. Patrick Schuster will head back down to the minors.
Jul 21 - 4:12 PM

Athletics optioned LHP Patrick Schuster to Triple-A Nashville.

Zach Neal will take his place on the active roster. Schuster threw 53 pitches on Wednesday against the Astros and was knocked around for four runs on five hits and two walks over two innings. He should be back later this summer.
Jul 21 - 4:11 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs are "looking at" A's outfielder Josh Reddick.

Morosi notes that Cubs president Theo Epstein drafted Reddick in Boston back in 2006. It's been a frustrating 2016 for the 29-year-old outfielder, who missed part of May and most of June with a fractured thumb, but he has been a productive hitter when healthy for going on five years and he's only owed about $3 million on his current contract. Reddick can become a free agent this winter.
Jul 21 - 12:43 PM

Daniel Mengden struggled with his control in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, walking five while allowing three runs over five innings.

Mengden struck out five on the afternoon. Luis Valbuena brought home the first run on his line with an RBI ground out in the first inning. One frame later, the 23-year-old right-hander surrendered an RBI double to George Springer before issuing a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Correa. For the season, he holds a 5.52 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He has barely scratched the win column, as his record now sits at 1-5. A road start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule, though one has to wonder how much longer the A's will keep trotting him out before trying something different.
Jul 20 - 8:27 PM

Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May.
Jul 20 - 3:13 PM

Athletics released C Carson Blair.

Blair had hit the ball well this year at Double-A Midland, though it was not the largest sample size. The 26-year-old catcher is a .248/.347/.424 career batter between all levels of the minor leagues.
Jul 20 - 1:52 PM


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