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Durazo Will Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Left Elbow

Designated hitter Erubiel Durazo will undergo season-ending surgery on his left elbow, and is expected to be sidelined an additional nine to 12 months.

The procedure, known as Tommy John surgery, will be performed on Friday by Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. Durazo underwent an MRI that revealed the damage, which was initially diagnosed as tendinitis.

Durazo, 30, has been out of the lineup since May 25. He was hitting .237 with four homers and 16 RBI in 41 games before going on the disabled list for the seventh time in his career. Last season, his second with the A's, he had 22 homers, 88 RBI and a career-best .321 average -- the fifth-highest ever by a DH with a minimum of 500 at-bats.


End Of The Road For Macha At Season's End?

Sports Weekly reported this week that despite the A's turnaround, the team is expected to let Manager Ken Macha go after the season and replace him with bullpen coach Bob Geren.

Beane has said that Macha has done an admirable job this season. However, the two haven't spoken about a contract extension since before spring training.

Via Mercury News

Harden Carries Perfect Game Into The Eighth

Rich Harden carried a perfect game into the eighth inning Thursday night, finishing with a masterful two-hitter in the Oakland Athletics' 6-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

"Yeah, I'd say that was probably the best I've felt," Harden said. "Complete games are pretty rare for me. I don't think I threw one slider -- all changeups and splits."


Byrnes Traded To The Rockies

Eric Byrnes, who won over the hearts of A's fans with an all-out style of play that overcame his lack of raw baseball skills, was traded on Wednesday to the Colorado Rockies. The Oakland Tribune has learned Byrnes and middle infield prospect Omar Quintanilla were sent to Colorado for left-handed pitcher Joe Kennedy and right-handed pitcher Jay Witasick.

Byrnes had a mix of emotions Wednesday as he packed his bags inside the A's clubhouse.

``I'm excited, I really am, '' Byrnes said. ``Hopefully I'll get an opportunity to play on a regular basis. But I have to admit I'm also very sad.''

Byrnes, who grew up a Giants fan along the Peninsula, was drafted by the A's in 1998 and it's the only organization he's ever played for. ``I can't begin to thank the fans enough,'' Byrnes added. ``I can't tell you how grateful I am for the way I was received. They've meant a lot to me.

It's tough in this day and age with free agency and trades, there's a growing disconnect between fans and players, but that's not at all what I experienced. It's helped me so much as a baseball player and as a person. It's been awesome playing in my hometown in front of my friends and family.

``It's been a real special experience.''

Earlier in the day, the A's finalized a trade that sent reliever Chad Bradford to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Jay Payton. The deal was in the works since last Thursday.

Byrnes, who hit .266 with seven homers and 24 RBIs this year, received some well wishes from the few A's players. His eyes lit up when he thought about playing at hitter-friendly Coors Field and making three trips every year to San Francisco and San Diego.

``I don't know what to expect,'' he said. ``But I'm going with a smile on my face and looking to help them win some games.''

Via Oakland Tribune

Kotsay Signs Three-Year Extension With Oakland

Mark Kotsay agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, keeping the reliable center fielder with the club through the 2008 season.

The deal is a two-year extension worth $15 million, ESPN's Peter Gammons reports. The deal supercedes the final year of his current contract, a five-year deal through the 2006 season. The total amount Kotsay will earn through 2008, including 2005, is $29 million. Kotsay also has a no-trade clause through 2006, Gammons reports.

Kotsay, acquired after the 2003 season from San Diego for Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long, was batting .278 with six home runs and 43 RBI in 82 games with the A's this season heading into Saturday's game against the White Sox in Chicago.

In addition to Kotsay, five other five players signed beyond 2005 are: Eric Chavez, Bobby Crosby, Keith Ginter, Rich Harden and Jason Kendall.

Kotsay had been the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks.


Athletics Jul 2005 Archive

  • Payton To Be Dealt To Oakland For Bradford

    The Red Sox designated outfielder Jay Payton for assignment yesterday and have a deal in place to send him to the Oakland A's for reliever Chad Bradford.

  • Zito Could Be Moved, Chavez Is Staying

    The A's, despite reports to the contrary, will listen to offers for left-handed starter Barry Zito, but they refuse to trade third baseman Eric Chavez according to USA Today.

  • Kotsay On Extension: "Things Are Going In The Right Direction"

    Center fielder Mark Kotsay said "things are going in the right direction" when asked about the possibilty of a two-year contract extension, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.