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Athletics Nation 4 hours ago

Coco Crisp to have elbow surgery; out up to 2 months

The spring training injuries had to happen sometime. Susan Slusser and the SF Chronicle are reporting that Coco Crisp will be going in for surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow. This had been a problem since the beginning of Spring, but Crisp expected to play through the pain. SF Chronicle exclusive: Coco Crisp expected to have surgery, could miss two months: http://t.co/BVQV3FQ7iL #Athletics @sfchronicle — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 2, 2015 Something like this seemed inevitable when after going 0-3 in a minor league game, Coco remarked that he...
Athletics Nation 7 hours ago

Reddick, Crisp Injuries: Blessings In Disguise?

No one wanted to see Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin go down in 2014 before even a pitch was thrown. Yet there was one silver lining to the timing: The A's knew that if they wanted to compete, they needed more pitching depth than if those two were healthy. Some things are better to know than to find out. This year's spring training "daily double" comes in the corner outfield, where would-be RFer Josh Reddick and would-be LFer Coco Crisp are likely on the shelf at least for the first 5 games. But is this really a 5-game problem? No. Both players have injury histories and in the case of Crisp,...
Athletics Nation 14 hours ago

Spring game thread #32: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland A's - Goodbye Arizona

Today our Oakland A's say goodbye to Arizona for another 11 months. They leave with the best Cactus League record secured. Injuries to Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick have pushed this game further down into the depths of completely meaningless. Eric Sogard, Tyler Ladendorf, and yes BILLY BURNS will all most likely make the opening day roster. The only battle remaining is the 5th starter slot. Now that the real Barry Zito has cemented his spot in some other team's rotation, only two contenders remain. Jesse Chavez needs to pitch a gem today if he wants to push Drew Pomeranz into the...
Athletics Nation 16 hours ago

Oakland A's April 2015 approval poll: GM Billy Beane

At the beginning of February, we began a "monthly" check on the Oakland Athletics fanbase by asking you a simple question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Billy Beane is doing as Oakland A's general manager?" We forgot about March, woops. So we're back! Answer the poll question, and please explain in the comments why you voted that way! We may use your answer in a summary of the results in a couple of days. Poll Do you approve or disapprove of the job Billy Beane is doing as Oakland As general manager? Please explain why you voted that way in the comments. ...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

2015 AL West preview: Texas Rangers look to bounce back

In 2014, the Texas Rangers were the Greek tragedy of baseball. After losing in the World Series for two straight years, and then missing the playoffs on the last day of the regular season for the next two years, they entered the season looking to make another run at a title. Instead, the entire team got hurt and they finished with the worst record in the AL. Now, they look to regroup and bounce back. Some key contributors are healthy once more, and there were a couple of mid-level additions, but the baseball gods didn't even bother waiting for Opening Day before taking away ace pitcher Yu...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

Oakland A's injury news: Coco Crisp now likely headed to disabled list

It's looking like the competition between Tyler Ladendorf and Billy Burns is no competition at all for opening day. Hedging against a potential trip to the disabled list, the Oakland Athletics had Coco Crisp play in a minor league game contest today. Good thing. Melvin says Crisp felt some issues with right elbow in minor league camp game. That sounds a lot like he's a DL candidate to open season. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 31, 2015 Crisp has not played in a major league spring game since March 23 and was a late scratch on March 24 with elbow soreness. Like with Josh...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

Spring game #31 recap: Barry Zito dreams shattered, Oakland A's win 20th spring game

The Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-10 in one of those games that just never seemed to end. Nothing changes today. Resist the temptation to write any eulogies, for Barry Zito was not going to crack the starting rotation. Don't even read too much into this one start. He is what he has been since the first week of games, someone that might be an able number five starter on some team (Goodness knows the Phillies could use one), but not this team. Yes, Barry Zito gave up seven runs today after 13 consecutive scoreless innings. He looked sharp initially, just walking Mike Trout, until...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

Spring game thread #31: Oakland A's at Los Angeles Angels

How are there this many exhibition games? Barry Zito makes what may be his last start for the Athletics as they take on the Los Angeles Angels from Tempe Diablo Stadium. The A's are sending out their "B" lineup today, with tomorrow a getaway day from HoHoKam Stadium ahead of the Bay Bridge Series in Oakland. The normal starters that would be on turn today are Sonny Gray and Jered Weaver, but they're both pitching in minor league games. Lineup OAKLAND ATHLETICS LOS ANGELES ANGELS Craig Gentry - RF Kole Calhoun - RF Eric Sogard - 2B Mike Trout - CF Marcus Semien -...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

Is today Barry Zito's last appearance in an Oakland A's uniform?

With Zito starting today, the timing just does not support another appearance for Oakland during the Bay Bridge series. There's still hope yet, however. There is a chance that Tuesday afternoon's contest against the Los Angeles Angels will not be the last time you see Barry Zito in an Oakland Athletics uniform. To be clear, Barry Zito will not be on the opening day roster. He is starting today because of the usual last week of spring training shenanigans. The A's do not want the Angels to have an early opportunity to face Sonny Gray or Jesse Hahn before their regular season series late in...
Athletics Nation Mar 31, 2015

Athletics 2014 season review: Sonny Gray shines

Just a week to go until the 2015 season, but at least this player review will be relevant to the upcoming campaign. Next is No. 54, Sonny Gray. Player profile Name: Sonny Gray, aka ... dude, his name is already SonnyPosition: RHP, startingStats: 33 starts, 3.08 ERA, 120 ERA+, 219 innings, 183 Ks, 74 BB, 15 HRWAR: 3.2 bWAR, 3.1 fWARHow he got here: Drafted* in 1st round in 20112014 Salary: $502,5002015 Status: Pre-arbitration, under team control2015 Salary: something around $502,500 * Sonny is the first player on this list who was actually drafted by Oakland. He is the 37th player we've...
Athletics Nation Mar 30, 2015

Kris Bryant demotion: Calling B.S. on the MLBPA

On Monday, the Chicago Cubs demoted top prospect Kris Bryant to the minors. The 23-year-old third baseman is a consensus top-five prospect in all of baseball, he destroyed Triple-A last year, he blasted nine homers with a 1.652 OPS in the Cactus League this spring, and a few months ago the Cubs traded away the guy who played Bryant's position last year (Luis Valbuena). Their depth chart on MLB.com states that their current plan at third base is sorta-prospect Mike Olt, who last year posted a half-season of a 65 OPS+ with subpar defense as a 25-year-old. Clearly, Bryant should be starting at...
Athletics Nation Mar 30, 2015

Spring Game #30: A's vs. Rockies

If Big_Chris still wants to audition for gamethreading, feel free to post your gamethread and I'll put it up here. Today's pitching matchup Pomeranz vs. Eddie Butler. Butler is the #2 pitching prospect for the Rockies, so don't expect the typical Rockies junkballer. He made his MLB debut last year, and pitched to a 6.75 ERA, so maybe not. But Coors Field is a strange place. Pomeranz isn't actually fighting for a rotation spot anymore (he's already the presumptive #5 starter), but it would be nice to see him get another good start in. His last time out was not especially good, and you'd like...
Athletics Nation Mar 30, 2015

Last week of spring training means four live televised games

How to watch or listen to Athletics spring training games online. What radio station are Oakland A's spring training games on? What is the broadcast schedule for Oakland A's games? The final week of spring training could not come any sooner. Five games will be televised in some form this week, four games live, with two featuring Kruk and Kuip on CSN Bay Area and one with Glen and Ray on CSN California: Date First Pitch (PT) Television Radio vs Rockies Monday, March 30 1:05 PM MLB.com at Angels Tuesday, March 31 1:10 PM MLB Network (LIVE) MLB.com vs Angels Wednesday,...
Athletics Nation Mar 29, 2015

Oakland A's roster cuts continue ahead of next weekend's Bay Bridge series

The Athletics optioned Chris Bassitt and Alex Hassan to Triple-A Nashville and sent them to minor league camp today, leaving the A's with 28 candidates on the 40-man roster with a chance to make the opening day 25-man roster. Josh Reddick will not be activated from the disabled list until April 11 while Coco Crisp is likely to be ready for opening day. From the non-roster invitees, Andy Parrino, Max Muncy, and Luke Carlin were re-assigned to minor league camp. There are just five remaining non-roster invitees: reliever Brock Huntzinger, reliever Pat Venditte, starting pitcher Barry Zito,...
Athletics Nation Mar 29, 2015

Phegley, Canha May Need To File For Unemployment In April

You made the roster! We'll try to get you into a game by June. Not that bad, but as the A's roster takes shape so do the rotations of Oakland's competitors and it may be a while before the A's face a left-handed starting pitcher. Texas has announced its rotation to begin the season, and expected to throw in the 4-game series April 6th-9th are RHPs Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis, Ross Detweiler, and Nick Martinez. Which brings me to the other main purpose of my post: To have the opportunity to mention how bad the Texas Rangers' rotation looks. Sure, Derek Holland will be joining the mix (he is...
Athletics Nation Mar 29, 2015

Athletics 2014 season review: Appreciating Yoenis Cespedes

I've been dreading this one all offseason. What do you say about No. 52, Yoenis Cespedes, that hasn't already been said? He was the unwitting emotional fulcrum of a heartbreaking year and it's hard to think about him without some kind of strong reaction, and this is the time of year to be looking forward to new, happy things. We've already done our second-guessing and come to peace with 2014, at least as much as can be expected to this point, so let's just take one last opportunity to appreciate the ways in which Cespedes is great while looking realistically at what he actually did on the...
Athletics Nation Mar 27, 2015

Oakland A's Pride Night a welcome sight

Pride Night on June 17 is a wonderful opportunity for the A's to bring yet another community that is an important part of the A's fan base together. On Thursday, former Padres, Dodgers, and Tigers player and MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean spoke to Athletics players and coaches at the invitation of Athletics general manager Billy Beane. Bean's goal: "[T]o try to create a culture of acceptance and let these guys know that that's part of the responsibility that goes with this awesome sport," he told MLB.com's Jane Lee. To that end, the A's will be hosting their first Pride Night on...
Athletics Nation Mar 27, 2015

Who Will Begin the Season in the Bullpen?

Alex Hall makes his weekly appearance on the Phil Naessens Show and the guys discuss the remaining bullpen spots and who might fill them Hey Athletics Nation! There are just ten days until the April sixth home opener with the Texas Rangers. There are still some questions about the bullpen and of course the possibility that Barry Zito might make the Opening Day roster. Pat Venditte has shown us some decent things this spring as has Evan Scribner. We also can't forget Jesse Chavez and what he meant to last seasons A's. Bob Melvin and Billy Beane have some tough decisions to make and I...
Athletics Nation Mar 27, 2015

Oakland A's Josh Reddick back to unlikely for opening day, Tyler Clippard named closer

Tyler Ladendorf or Billy Burns could slide into Reddick's place on the opening day roster. Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin disclosed to beat reporters this morning that while right fielder Josh Reddick will play in a minor league game on Sunday, he is unlikely to be ready for opening day. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser breaks down how Melvin will shuffle the roster, including the chance that either utility man Tyler Ladendorf or outfielder Billy Burns will take his place for now: Melvin says Zobrist would open season in RF and Sogard would be at 2B. — Susan Slusser...
Athletics Nation Mar 27, 2015

Oakland A's 6, San Francisco Giants 4: Abad, Otero, Whelan steamroll Giants

The Athletics earned a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium this evening on the back of a perfect bullpen performance and power from hitters expected and not. After taking over from a struggling Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics relievers Fernando Abad, Dan Otero, and Kevin Whelan combined to retire San Francisco's final 16 batters. Josh Phegley and Billy Butler each contributed run-scoring doubles, but Eric Sogard led tonight's A's in runs batted in with three on a sacrifice fly and a two-run triple. A complete recap shortly.

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