ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Oakland A's will not start Zach Neal on Tuesday; options include Eric Surkamp, Daniel Mengden

The Athletics need somebody else to be their fifth starter. The Oakland Athletics will not ask Zach Neal to make a second start on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, says A's manager Bob Melvin (via Jane Lee, MLB.com). The A's are, according to Lee, "discussing other options." Neal pitched a seven-pitch ninth inning in Saturday's 12-3 win against the Detroit Tigers after he threw...
Via Athletics Nation
3 hours ago

Butler, Davis power Athletics past the Tigers 12-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Butler and Khris Davis each homered and drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak. Danny Valencia had three hits, including a home run, and Coco Crisp and Jake Smolinski each drove in two runs while the A's reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season....
Via Associated Press
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Skye Bolt is back in the lineup for Single-A Beloit Snappers

On May 6, outfielder Skye Bolt was pulled from a game early by the Single-A Beloit Snappers. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat that day, and reportedly looked injured after running to first. Indeed, the diagnosis was a tweaked hamstring, according to Josh Flickinger of the Beloit Daily News, making this a routine part of athletic life but an annoying setback nonetheless...
Via Athletics Nation
4 hours ago

Oakland Athletics Turn Strange Double Play against Detroit Tigers

Friday night’s Oakland Athletics-Detroit Tigers game featured what has to be one of the strangest plays to ever occur during a baseball game, and surely made the official scorer rethink his career path. It started with Ian Kinsler on third base and Victor Martinez at the plate. Martinez flew out behind first base and Kinsler took a few steps towards the plate, hoping to draw a...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray, R.J. Alvarez getting closer to a return

Sonny Gray had a productive bullpen session before Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Sonny Gray and R.J. Alvarez threw bullpen sessions for the A’s Saturday morning, and both pitchers could be ready to return to the A’s before too long. Manager Bob Melvin said Gray, who threw upwards of three dozen pitches in his session, “was letting it go.’’ It was the most substantial...
Via Inside the A's
7 hours ago

Oakland Athletics Recap 5/27: A’s Defeated By Tigers

The Oakland Athletics lose another game, taking their losing streak to three. The Oakland Athletics dropped another game, this time to the Detroit Tigers. The final score was 4-1 as Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer confounded the A’s, limiting them to three hits and no runs during his 7 2/3 innings. Sean Manaea pitched for the […] Oakland Athletics Recap 5/27: A’s Defeated By...
Via Swingin' A's
21 hours ago

Josh Phegley gets welcomed back into Oakland clubhouse; Sonny Gray may be the next off the DL for beleaguered A’s

Catcher Josh Phegley is the latest player to come off DL for the A’s. The A’s welcomed Josh Phegley back from the disabled list Friday, the second time in three days the A’s have subtracted from the DL rather an adding to it, which the club had been doing for most of April and May. There’s no telling who could be the next name off the list, but it’s possible it will be...
Via Inside the A's
1 day ago

Athletics reinstate catcher Josh Phegley from DL

The Oakland Athletics have reinstated catcher Josh Phegley from the 15-day disabled list and sent catcher Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville. Phegley, 28, was hitting .270 in 12 major league games before right knee inflammation forced him to the disabled list a couple of weeks back. .@Athletics reinstate catcher Josh Phegley from 15-day DL; option catcher Matt McBride to Triple...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Injury-plagued Oakland A’s not necessarily sellers at this point

It’s been a rough go of things for the Oakland A’s through the first two months of the season. Sitting at 20-28 and nine games out of first place, it’s not exactly the way general manager Billy Beane had hoped the season would start. However, the Athletics have been plagued by injuries up and down the depth chart – both on the hitting and pitching side. Four starters are...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

First Mascot – Charlie O the Mule

Thursday Throwback: Before the Oakland Athletics’ Stomper, there was Charlie O Readers who were around during the A’s initial years in Oakland in the late 60s and early 70s, will remember a white Oakland A’s crested Ford Country Squire station wagon pulling an air-conditioned horse trailer, driving out into center field of the Oakland Coliseum […] Oakland Athletics: First...
Via Swingin' A's
2 days ago

Oakland Athletics Pitching Crushed, Again

The Oakland Athletics suffered another blowout loss, as they fell to the Mariners 13-3 behind rookie Zach Neal. Oakland Athletics fans already knew this was not going to be a good night. Comcast announcers Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper confirmed it when they began musing on which position player might get to pitch, and it […] Oakland Athletics Pitching Crushed, Again - Swingin' A's...
Via Swingin' A's
2 days ago

Fernando Rodriguez is a major Tommy John success story, throwing harder and sharper than ever out of A’s bullpen

Fernando Rodriguez is three years’ removed from Tommy John surgery, and his is a complete success story.. Much has been made of the A’s issues with pitchers having to undergo ligament replacement in the pitching elbow, or as it’s better known, Tommy John surgery. Jarrod Parker has not pitched since 2013, twice having undergone Tommy John surgery. This year alone, Felix Doubront...
Via Inside the A's
2 days ago

Oakland Athletics: evaluating Coco Crisp’s season

Watching the Oakland Athletics record the final out in game 162 of the 2012 regular season, fans at the O.Co witnessed the A’s improbable victory over their division rivals, while claiming the club’s 15th division title. A routine pop-up, prophetically hit to center field and caught by Coco Crisp, set the stage toward future success for the Oakland Athletics, during a magical...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp puts $10 million mansion with a wiffle ball field up for sale

Coco Crisp is a well-traveled MLB player, so it only makes sense that his house would be completely decked out. That way, Crisp never has to leave his property when he is actually home.But it is still impressive to see just how extravagant Crisp's Rancho Mirage, Calif. home really is, as MLS photos reveal the full scale of luxury now that Crisp put the $9.995 million house up for...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bad day gets worse for Athletics in 5-4 loss to Yankees

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A day that began with ace Sonny Gray being placed on the disabled list didn't get much better for Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin. There was another shaky outing by an Oakland starting pitcher, a defense that committed its AL-leading 36th error and numerous missed opportunities at the plate. Michael Pineda won for the first time since his opening start...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Umpire takes foul tip by Joc Pederson to the bad place

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has such brute strength that even his bunt attempts have the power to inflict maximum pain. Home plate umpire David Rackley learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday. Rackley was working behind the dish in the fifth inning of the series finale between the Dodgers and the Padres when he caught a rogue foul bunt attempt by Pederson right in the oysters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A's place Sonny Gray on 15-day DL

The hits keep coming for the struggling Oakland Athletics. Just a few days after losing their top hitter from the early part of the season in Josh Reddick, the team placed ace starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list. #Athletics place RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list (strained right trapezius); recall LHP Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville — #VoteGreenCollar...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oakland Coliseum plumbing leaks into dugout

There's a little issue with the restroom in the visiting dugout... pic.twitter.com/bmjEaFfqe3 — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 21, 2016 The Oakland Athletics have a unique home field advantage at the Oakland Coliseum. Occasionally, the plumbing backs up. It happened again Saturday, when the visiting dugout – currently occupied by the New York Yankees – was filled with rather...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rich Hill: Oakland Athletics most valuable starter?

If you predicted the Oakland Athletics would acquire the starting rotation’s ace in the winter, give yourself a rewarding pat on the back. In November, the A’s signed left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year contract. Hill, a player swapped around the league from six Major League Baseball cities, joined the the A’s rotation, consisting of a menagerie of 20-something-year...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Khris Davis has great celebration after walk-off grand slam (VIDEO)

Khris Davis became the second Oakland A’s player to hit three home runs in a game on Tuesday, and the last dinger he hit against the Rangers lifted them to a 8-5 victory in exciting fashion. Oakland trailed Texas 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, and with men on second and third, elected to intentionally walk Josh Reddick. This forced them to pitch to Davis, who...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Adrian Beltre crushes home run off one knee

The Texas Rangers got off to a bad start in their visit to Oakland against the Athletics on Tuesday night. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Danny Valencia and Khris Davis hit back-to-back solo home runs to get the A’s up 2-0 early. That turned out to be just fine for the Rangers. In the top of the 4th, Nomar Mazara hit a solo shot to center field and was followed up by Adrian...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics’ Danny Valencia hits three homers

Danny Valencia may not be anyone’s idea of a big power hitter, but he sure played the part on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Oakland Athletics’ third baseman slugged three homers, the last of which a two-run bomb in the ninth that stood as the game winner. .@dannyvalencia19's THIRD homer today was also his biggest: https://t.co/Ht59D6Dlnz pic.twitter.com/JdsAdQsgNb —...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla was furious Bruce Bochy pulled him in 9th

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla has blown three saves already this season, and manager Bruce Bochy was not about to give him a chance to blow a fourth on Thursday night. When Casilla got himself into another 9th-inning jam, Bochy pulled him. You can imagine how the right-hander felt about it. With the bases loaded and the Giants leading 4-2, Bochy turned to left-handed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brain Machine That (Maybe) Brought Ryan Madson Back

Deep in the bowels of Oakland’s Coliseum, you’ll see Ryan Madson working out with wires strapped to his body. The wires head to a little pack he carries with him, and in that pack is a machine that has helped him recover his career. The device, pictured here, is the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine, which was administered to Madson by the EVO Ultrafit group in Arizona...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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