The A's have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville, according to an ESPN.com report on Saturday.
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The Oakland Athletics are considering a reunion with coach Ron Washington, according to a report.
Oakland leads the Major Leagues in errors (43) by a wide margin. Washington, most recently manager of the Texas Rangers, is known as a terrific infield coach.
The Athletics have a full coaching stuff, so Washington would most likely come on as a special instructor.
The 63-year-old has been serving as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans this season.
The Oakland Athletics have the worst record in the Major Leagues (14-26), but Billy Beane isn't panicking.
"Obviously, all this is disappointing, but given the amount of players we have on the disabled list, that's a problem," Beane said. "With the guys we have on the field, there are things that could go better; it's part of the process."
The Athletics have been depleted by injuries, but Beane isn't ready to overhaul the roster.
"I think we need to ride this thing out, get some players back," he said. "It's similar to the last time we talked 10 days ago. We got Coco [Crisp] back, but we've lost [Jarrod] Parker and [Ike] Davis. We're still looking to get [Sean] Doolittle and [Ben] Zobrist. We need to wait for guys to get back and hope that will help."
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest player to reach 2,000 strikeouts in a 4-3 win against the A's on Sunday with a fifth-inning strikeout of leadoff hitter Sam Fuld.
The Oakland Athletics suffered setbacks to two rehabbing starters, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.
Parker left a rehab outing at Triple-A Nashville with a potentially significant elbow injury; observers told The Chronicle that Parker was in “excruciating pain” and close to tears coming off the field.
“You cross your fingers, obviously, for Jarrod. I don’t even know what to say,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “For a guy who’s worked as hard as he has to get back, I really don’t have words for that. I just feel really bad for him.”
Griffin, like Parker recovering from Tommy John surgery, was shut down Thursday with shoulder soreness two innings into a three-inning simulated game at extended spring training in Arizona.
Fans in attendance said that Parker went down in a heap on the mound, clutching his arm. The A’s said in a release that Parker left the game with an elbow injury but there would be no diagnosis until he has seen a doctor.
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.
"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.
Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.
of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.
The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online. Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
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The A's placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with torn cartilage in his left knee.
"I'm disappointed. I just didn't feel like I could be the player that this team needs me to be in the condition I was trying to play in," Zobrist said. "So I got to get it cleaned up and get back out here as soon as possible."
Bob Melvin summoned Ike Davis to the mound in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and the first baseman delivered with a perfect eighth inning.
The Oakland Athletics suffered a 14-1 loss.
"We obviously didn't play a clean game," Melvin said. "We've been on the other side of blowouts this year, and it doesn't feel that great when you're on the side we were tonight. It was just a bad game all the way around. At least we got a little levity at the end there with Ike."
Davis, who had a 2.25 ERA at Arizona State, retired Collin Cowgill, C.J. Cron and Chris Iannetta on ground balls while throwing just nine pitches.
It was the first time the A's had a position player pitch since Frank Menechino on July 18, 2000, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
"It was interesting, for sure," Davis said. "I'm just glad I threw strikes and didn't have to throw too many pitches. I miss that part of the game, and I've always wanted to get back up there and see what I could do and if I could get outs. I was a little nervous. I didn't want to walk the house and look like a clown out there."