2:47 AM EDT, Sat October 21, 2017

Sean Manaea scratched from start against Texas

The A’s scheduled Saturday starter, Sean Manaea, was scratched three and a half hours before the game with upper-back tightness, and Raul Alcantara took his place against Texas. Manaea has had a similar issue twice before, including once earlier this season. It’s considered minor, and Manaea said he hopes to make his final start of the season next week. Manaea is scheduled to pitch Thursday at Texas. Manaea said he felt it Friday while playing catch and came in Saturday and it was still bothering me. “I”m going to do what I can to get back on the...

Jharel Cotton to start Sunday for A’s; Maxwell, Powell still out

Jharel Cotton didn’t throw a pitch in his last scheduled start, a late scratch at Detroit with a groin strain, but that quick action to prevent further injury might have paid off for the A’s right-hander: Cotton will be able to make his Sunday start against Texas. "I feel like I’m a go," the rookie said Friday. "Everything feels normal. It was just like a little cramp, and I want to be able to make my last two starts, finish the season strong." Cotton threw a bullpen session Friday and did some running in the outfield, the last step before being...

Wrist injury turned A’s Marcus Semien into ‘a better hitter’

Marcus Semien is playing with a lot more discomfort than he lets on, other A’s players and coaches believe. Yet five months after right wrist surgery to repair a fractured scaphoid bone, Oakland’s shortstop has improved offensively. Since the All-Star break, Semien, a career .247 hitter, is batting .270 and his two-run homer Wednesday helped Oakland sweep the Tigers. “There are some pitches that still aggravate him,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Some of the wrist pain he has, some soreness probably doesn’t go away until after the season with...

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