Player News - Athletics

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Kendall Graveman will be on a "slightly" reduced pitch count when he returns from the disabled list Thursday against the Angels.

Graveman only missed one turn through the rotation while nursing a strained shoulder. The A's are going to be cautious with him in his first start back but it won't be long until the training wheels come off. Graveman turned in a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts before getting hurt.
Apr 26 - 9:27 PM

Daniel Mengden (foot) threw two sets of 20 pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session.

He's still recovering from a broken foot he suffered during the offseason. Mengden has kept his arm in shape throughout his rehab and should return to the Oakland starting rotation sooner than later. The 24-year-old took his lumps as a rookie last year, going just 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA over 14 underwhelming starts.
Apr 26 - 9:19 PM

Chris Bassitt (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

He'll throw three innings or 45 pitches—whichever comes first. Bassitt is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and should be back in the big leagues by early June.
Apr 26 - 9:11 PM

Ryon Healy was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss against the Angels.

Healy had been displaying a pretty nice eye at the plate lately, posting just two strikeouts over his past 21 at-bats. The golden sombrero was bad news for fantasy owners on Tuesday, but Healy has been pretty productive recently. He has four doubles, a homer and six RBI over the past seven outings to emerge as a decent AL-only fantasy option.
Apr 26 - 2:38 AM

Matt Joyce was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Tuesday's road loss against the Angels.

Joyce's average slipped to .157 after taking the collar, and he is just 5-for-38 (.131) over the past 13 outings. The veteran left-handed hitter is getting plenty of chance to iron out his issues at the plate but he doesn't warrant much in the way of fantasy consideration until he starts to show some signs of life.
Apr 26 - 2:33 AM

Jesse Hahn allowed just one single and two walks with six strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision Tuesday at L.A. Angels.

Hahn dropped his season ERA to 2.08, and he has allowed just three hits in 14 innings over his past two outings. Hahn was disastrous last season, posting a 2-4 record with a 6.02 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over nine starts for the A's. He'll look to continue his resurgence in Houston on Sunday, but he faces an uphill climb against a good lineup while being opposed by LHP Dallas Keuchel.
Apr 26 - 2:30 AM

John Axford (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday that the veteran reliever is feeling good and could begin throwing off a mound during the club's current road trip. Axford landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a right shoulder strain. If all goes well, he might be ready around mid-to-late May.
Apr 25 - 8:44 PM

Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will return to the A's rotation Thursday in Anaheim.

Graveman got the go-ahead after making it through a 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday without issue. The 26-year-old right-hander wound up missing just one turn and will return Thursday to a 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts covering 18 innings. With the velocity spike he's shown this season, Graveman deserves to be owned in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 25 - 8:22 PM

Kendall Graveman (shoulder) threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

Graveman reported no day-after discomfort on Tuesday and is on track to return to the Oakland rotation Thursday in Anaheim. The 26-year-old right-hander was sporting an excellent 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts (18 innings) this season, showing improved fastball velocity. This shoulder issue will hopefully be a minor blip.
Apr 25 - 6:54 PM

Athletics recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Nashville.

LaMarre was acquired from the Angels last week for cash considerations. The 28-year-old outfielder is 2-for-30 (.067) in his career at the major league level.
Apr 25 - 5:53 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Nashville.

Valdez gave up three runs over four innings last Thursday in a spot start against the Mariners. It looks like he'll be used as a long man out of the bullpen this time around.
Apr 25 - 5:51 PM

Athletics designated RHP Raul Alcantara for assignment.

Alcantara had a 16.71 ERA through one start and two relief appearances this season for Oakland. The 24-year-old may draw some interest from other teams on waivers.
Apr 25 - 5:50 PM

Athletics placed OF Rajai Davis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a left hamstring strain.

It's not a severe strain, but the A's will take advantage of the new 10-day disabled list to get Davis some needed rest. The veteran outfielder is batting just .214/.262/.375 with one home run and one stolen base through 15 regular-season games.
Apr 25 - 5:48 PM

Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto picked up three hits on Monday for Triple-A Nashville.

Barreto has been prone to slow starts, but not this year. He's hitting .352/.400/.549 with the Sounds, and showing why so many believe he's one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Oakland general manager David Forst recently said that Barreto isn't a candidate for a call-up, but more efforts like this could force the A's hand.
Apr 25 - 1:18 PM

Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Healy has been killing the ball of late, as Sunday's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games. He is not just getting by on singles, either, having picked up four extra base hits in this four-game weekend set against the Mariners. Since April 15, the 25-year-old has raised his average from .170 to .279.
Apr 23 - 8:09 PM


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