Oakland Athletics Wiretap

A's Place Sonny Gray On DL With Strained Trapezius

May 23, 2016 1:19 AM

A's ace Sonny Gray has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained trapezius muscle near his right shoulder blade.

Oakland made the move Sunday, two days after Gray threw three wild pitches and walked four while retiring just 10 batters in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees. Gray is 3-5 in nine starts with a 6.19 ERA, third-highest in the AL among qualifying pitchers.


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Yankees Experience Plumbing Issues At Oakland Coliseum

May 22, 2016 3:22 AM

There were plumbing issues in the visitors dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.

Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.

"You had to run upstairs if you needed to use it," Girardi said. "It kept some of our bullpen guys nice and loose."


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Josh Reddick To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Thumb

May 20, 2016 7:32 AM

Josh Reddick is expected to miss four to six weeks of action after fracturing his left thumb against the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

Reddick will become the 12th member of the Oakland Athletics to land on the DL.

The Athletics will have a better idea of the outfielder's expected return date after he sees a hand specialist Friday.

He sustained the injury while stealing second base.

Jane Lee/MLB

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A's Chris Bassitt Needs Tommy John Surgery

May 6, 2016 7:34 AM

Chris Bassitt will need reconstructive surgery on his injured pitching elbow, according to the Oakland Athletics.

Bassitt was examined in Cincinnati on Thursday by Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Tommy John surgery is scheduled for Friday.

The right-hander was 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in five starts with the A's.

Associated Press

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Josh Reddick Not Aware Of Extension Talks With A's

Apr 28, 2016 4:26 PM

Josh Reddick says he's not aware of any substantive extension talks that took place between his agents and the Oakland Athletics during the spring.

Reddick told his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, that he didn't want to be involved in the process.

"I've told [my agents], 'I don't want to even get a phone call if we don't think it's the right deal for me,'" he said. "They understand that. They're right on the same page with me. The A's told me they still wanted me, and they want it to be at the right price, and that was obviously great to hear."

Reddick can become a free agent at the end of the season.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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A's Reportedly Set To Call Up Sean Manaea

Apr 27, 2016 3:08 PM

Sean Manaea, considered one of the Oakland Athletics' top prospects, will reportedly be called up by the club and make his Major League debut against the Houston Astros on Friday.

The club hasn't confirmed the move, which was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three Triple-A starts with 21 strikeouts in 18 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

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'Silent' Majority Owner Takes Over A's Stadium Hunt

Apr 12, 2016 6:38 AM

Lew Wolff is taking a back seat in efforts to get the Oakland Athletics a new stadium and handing the job over to largely "silent" majority owner John Fisher.

"John is spending a little more time looking at the alternatives on the venue," Wolff told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Having some fresh eyes re-looking at Oakland is a good thing."

Team spokesman Ken Pries said Fisher "is not willing to make statement or do an interview at this time."

With Major League Baseball placing pressure on them to try and get something done, the A's are hoping to make a decision within the year.

Matier & Ross/San Francisco Chronicle

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Sonny Gray Scratched For Start With Food Poisoning

Apr 5, 2016 7:17 AM

Sonny Gray was scratched from his Opening Day start for the Oakland Athletics because of food poisoning that sent him to the emergency room for intravenous fluids Monday morning.

Gray was pushed back to Wednesday, while Rich Hill took the mound against the Chicago White Sox in his teammate's place.

"Obviously, if he's not pitching, it was fairly severe," Bob Melvin said. "Like you would expect, he wanted to do everything he could to pitch. It just doesn't make any sense to do that. You just refocus. It is one out of 162, yet this is one, it's a first look, it's a first impression. You want to put on a good show for your fans, and everybody wants to watch Sonny Gray pitch."


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Jarrod Parker Has 'No Doubt' He'll Return From Third Tommy John

Mar 22, 2016 7:38 AM

Jarrod Parker said Monday that he has "no doubt" he will try to pitch again with a third Tommy John surgery looming.

"I think to have the chance is all I have," said Parker, who refractured the medial epicondyle in his right elbow this month. "Luckily, modern medicine is what it is."

Since Parker has already had two Tommy John surgeries, the question will be whether there is an adequate area to anchor a new ligament or even the existing one. If there is not, it is unclear whether a UCL repair will be possible.

He is scheduled for the surgery on April 1 in Los Angeles.

"You always realize it could be worse," Parker said. "It's still a game. I'm a grown man playing a kid's game and I have a chance to do that. There's always a lot worse that can happen, whether it's in the game or outside of baseball."

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

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A's Jarrod Parker Suffers Another Broken Elbow

Mar 12, 2016 3:03 AM

Twelve pitches into his comeback attempt, Oakland's Jarrod Parker broke his elbow once again.

The A's said Friday that an MRI showed the right-hander had broken the medial epicondyle in his right elbow.


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Cubs Trade Chris Coghlan To A's For Aaron Brooks
Chris Coghlan, 30, was projected to be Chicago's fourth outfielder.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

No Extension Talks Between A's, Josh Reddick
Josh Reddick has expressed a desire to remain with the Athletics.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Former A's Star Tony Phillips Dies At Age 56
Tony Phillips, who made the final defensive play in the Athletics' sweep of the Giants during the 1989 World Series, has died at age 56.


Brewers Trade Khris Davis To A's For Two Prospects
Outfielder Khris Davis hit 27 home runs last season for the Brewers.


Reddick Ready To Talk Extension With Athletics
No negotiations have taken place and Josh Reddick doesn't want talks to drag into the regular season.

John Hickey/Bay Area News Group

A's Won't Have Henderson Alvarez Until May
Henderson Alvarez underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last July.


A's Don't Want To Trade Sonny Gray
Several teams are being aggressive in their interest in trading for pitcher Sonny Gray.


McGwire, Trammell Fall Off HOF Ballot
Mark McGwire's candidacy for Cooperstown ended Wednesday. He wasn't elected after 10 years, a lower threshold established in 2014.

John Schlegel/MLB

Henderson Alvarez Can Earn $1.6M In Bonuses With A's
Under his one-year contract with the Athletics, Henderson Alvarez can earn $1.6 million in performance bonuses based on starts in addition to his $4.25 million salary.

Associated Press

Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57
Former outfielder Dave Henderson spent 14 seasons in the major leagues.


A's Unlikely To Sign Scott Kazmir
The Athletics are unlikely to sign Scott Kazmir after inking Henderson Alvarez, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Market For Scott Kazmir Taking Shape
Scott Kazmir, 31, has trimmed his suitors to the Royals, Athletics, Cardinals, Nationals and Astros.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

A's, Henderson Alvarez Agree To One-Year Deal
Henderson Alvarez posted an 0-4 record with a 6.45 ERA in four starts in 2015 and underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in July.


A's, Jarrod Parker Agree On One-Year Deal
The A's and starting pitcher Jarrod Parker have agreed to a one-year deal worth $850,000.


A's Nearing Deal With Henderson Alvarez
The prospective deal is worth $4 million over one year with incentives. He can earn up to $5.85 million if all incentives are reached.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

A's Get Prospects From White Sox For Brett Lawrie
The White Sox have acquired Brett Lawrie from the Athletics in exchange for minor league pitchers Zachary Erwin and J.B. Wendelken.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Athletics To Sign John Axford
John Axford receives a two-year, $10 million deal, pending a physical, and can also add an incentive package of up to $4 million based on games finished.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

White Sox, A's Nearing Brett Lawrie Trade
Oakland would receive a pair of Minor League players in return.

Scott Merkin/MLB

Indians, Tigers, White Sox Interested In Trading For Brett Lawrie
The Indians, Tigers and White Sox are interested in trading for Brett Lawrie, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Athletics re-acquired Jed Lowrie.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Ryan Madson Agrees To Three-Year, $22M Deal With A's
Veteran pitcher Ryan Madson fills a big need in the Athletics bullpen.