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Gaudin Agrees To Terms With Oakland

Right-hander Chad Gaudin has agreed to terms with the A's to help shore up their injury-riddled pitching staff, three days after being released by the Yankees, according to an Associated Press report.

Gaudin was released by New York on Thursday after losing out to Phil Hughes for the No. 5 slot in the team?s rotation.

Oakland assistant GM David Forst on Sunday confirmed the deal.

Via AP


Selig Says No Stadium Recommendation For A's

Commissioner Bud Selig made his annual stop at A's spring training headquarters Sunday, but said he's still awaiting a committee's report on options for a new stadium in the Bay Area.

Selig dispatched a three-person panel last March to research the best locations for a new A's ballpark.

"They're getting reasonably close to completing their work, but they have some left," Selig said. "They're working their way through a lot of things and they've made no recommendations to me."

Via Oakland Tribune


Meloan Will Be Out For Season

John Meloan told The Chronicle that an MRI exam done Friday showed a ligament tear in his right elbow, and he expects to have season-ending surgery.

Meloan believes he will go to Dr. James Andrews, who has performed ligament replacement surgery for several A's, including Joey Devine, Andrew Bailey and Josh Outman.

Via San Francisco Chronicle


Bailey Shut Down With Tennis Elbow

Athletics closer and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey has been shut down for five to seven days with tennis elbow.

"It's just a little discomfort," Bailey told MLB.com. "I felt something after my last outing [Sunday], so I figured I should have it checked out. I'll just be doing some therapy and give it some rest.

"Last year was probably the heaviest workload on my arm, so this is probably just from kicking it back up and my arm trying to get used to it again."

Via ESPN


Scout: Sheets Fastball Isn't Moving

Athletics pitcher Ben Sheets has struggled mightily this spring.

An American League scout sitting behind the plate during Sheets' latest outing said the righthander's fastball was hitting 91-92 mph, but was "big," or awfully straight.

"Everything was clicking, but it was one of those days - they were hitting everything, there's nothing you can do," A's catcher Kurt Suzuki said following the game against the Reds. "The positive thing is Ben felt great."

Via San Francisco Chronicle


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