Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:52:19 UTThe baseball ricocheted off Matt Cain toward Christian Arroyo, the Giants’ hot prospect who nicely barehanded it and threw out Yasmani Grandal at first base. Cain was pulled because of right hamstring tightness just before the seventh, and the Giants’ bullpen preserved Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers. Creating extra buzz at the season’s first game between the rivals, Arroyo, 21, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make his major-league debut. [...] Arroyo did contribute to the Giants’ first run, his grounder to the right side in the second inning sending Brandon Crawford to third base. Crawford, who had doubled, scored on Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly. Hunter Pence, leading off in Bruce Bochy’s revamped lineup, singled home a run in the seventh. “We’re sitting on the bench, and Arroyo’s going to go hit, and Buster (Posey) looks at me and says, ‘Goodness, he looks really young,” Cain said. Arroyo’s biggest defensive play came in the eighth when he smothered Chris Taylor’s grounder that was heading to left field. Arroyo’s throw to second got a forceout, and Panik nearly turned a double play. The Dodgers scored on the play, but Derek Law struck out Andrew Toles and Posey threw out Taylor trying to steal. On a day Madison Bumgarner explained to reporters his dirt-bike accident that shelved him indefinitely and created a big hole in the rotation, Cain was dynamic on the mound. Cain required just 70 pitches to complete six innings but walked off the field with a trainer before he could throw a pitch in the seventh. Arroyo hit .446 (29-for-65) with seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 16 games for Sacramento.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:24:10 UTDrew Stubbs joins Giants, Chris Marrero let go, Aaron Hill to DL Oh, and the Giants called up Drew Stubbs, too. On a day in which Madison Bumgarner spoke publicly for the first time since his dirt-bike accident and Christian Arroyo made his major-league debut, the Giants made an under-the-radar move by promoting Stubbs from Triple-A Sacramento. “Good, gifted outfielder who can play anywhere in the outfield,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Stubbs, 32, was released by the Twins in spring training and signed by the Giants on April 6. [...] in his ninth big-league season, Stubbs previously has played for the Reds, Indians, Rockies, Rangers, Braves and Orioles. To make room for Arroyo and Stubbs, the Giants designated outfielder Chris Marreo for assignment and placed Aaron Hill, a career infielder who played outfield this month and strained his forearm playing long toss, on the DL. Marrero led the Giants in spring training home runs and made his first Opening Day roster, but he went 5-for-38 (.132). Arroyo, a shortstop by trade, will play third base until further notice. When Brandon Crawford begins his three-day bereavement leave this week, Eduardo Nuñez will play short, Bochy said. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. After a nightmare stay in Denver in which Madison Bumgarner got in a dirt-bike accident and the Giants got swept by the Rockies, Bruce Bochy quipped, “Probably my worst move all year was going to Colorado.” Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:30:01 UTChristian Arroyo, the Giants’ top prospect, is a big-leaguer. “She didn’t believe me,” Arroyo said in the Giants’ dugout a few hours before he was to make his major-league debut. [...] (traveling secretary) Brett Alexander called her to get the arrangements her to fly out tomorrow. The struggling Giants added Arroyo, 21, to their roster early Monday and inserted him into the sixth spot in the lineup for the series opener against the Dodgers. The clincher came Sunday when Arroyo, the Giants’ top pick in the 2013 draft, went 4-for-6 with a walkoff hit in the 10th inning. [...] with what he's done down in Sacramento, it certainly opened up a lot of eyes, and we have a need right now, manager Bruce Bochy said. When you struggle a little bit the way the team's been struggling, sometimes you try to shake things up, too. “It finally hit her after a couple of times I said, ‘I promise you, I’m not lying to you,’ ” Arroyo said of the conversation with his mother. What better way to break into the big leagues than against the Dodgers? [...] I know I’m up here to help the team win.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:35:31 UTGray expected to return to A’s soon, outfielder acquired from Angels Sonny Gray was in good spirits Sunday, knowing his latest rehab work went well, and he seems close to returning to the A’s rotation. “I was excited to go out without limitations other than the pitch count,” said Gray, who’s overcoming a strained lat muscle. Physically, no limitations. Saturday night, Gray threw 47 pitches in five scoreless innings for Class A Stockton (one hit, no walks) and 18 more pitches in the bullpen. Gray hung around with the A’s prospects, including 6-foot-7 lefty A.J. Puk, the team’s top pick in last year’s draft, whose locker was adjacent to Gray’s. “You throw in extended spring training and in some simulated games,” Gray said, but when you get a rehab assignment on a team that’s been playing together and competing every day, it’s nice to go and have a small part of that and be around some of those guys and hopefully show them a routine. The A’s acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre, 28, from the Angels for a player to be named or cash and sent him to Nashville. LaMarre is 2-for-30 in 26 big-league games with the Reds and Red Sox. To clear space on the 40-man roster, the A’s transferred pitcher Chris Bassitt (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list, which is retroactive to the start of the season. LaMarre was designated for assignment Tuesday. John Shea is The Chronicle’s national baseball writer. After Kendall Graveman throws a bullpen session Monday, the A’s could decide when he’ll be activated from the disabled list.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:37:47 UTSunday’s 11-1 pounding by the Seattle Mariners, which halted the A’s win streak at five and wiped out Andrew Triggs’ ERA of 0.00, didn’t ruin the sense of accomplishment to date and the positive outlook going forward. The A’s finished a 5-4 homestand that began with three losses, featured a five-game win streak and ended with a stinker. Next they hit the road against the Angels, Astros and Twins, starting Tuesday in Anaheim. Making matters promising, the pitchers projected to be 1 and 2 in the rotation are close to returning from the disabled list, Kendall Graveman during the Angels series and Sonny Gray during the Twins series. For a team that finished in the cellar the past two seasons, perhaps any winning homestand could be classified as such. Taylor Motter hit a grand slam off Triggs in the third inning, and Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer off Raul Alcantara in the seventh. Triggs entered 3-0 without yielding an earned run in 172/3 innings, the longest such run by an Oakland starter to open a season. The streak ended in the first inning when Robinson Cano hit a grounder through a drawn-in infield to score Jarrod Dyson. Two innings later Triggs gave up two hits and issued consecutive walks to force home a run, and Motter followed with his grand slam. The A’s played without cleanup hitter Khris Davis, who got his first rest of the season, and leadoff hitter Rajai Davis, who missed his third straight game with a hamstring issue.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:06:29 UTSonny Gray was in good spirits Sunday, knowing his latest rehab assignment went well and he seems close to returning to the A’s rotation. “I was excited to go out without limitations other than the pitch count,” said Gray, who’s overcoming a strained lat. Saturday night, Gray threw 47 pitches in five scoreless innings for Class A Stockton (one hit, no walks) and another 18 in the bullpen. Gray hung around with the A’s prospects including 6-foot-7 lefty A.J. Puk, the team’s top pick in last year’s draft whose locker was adjacent to Gray’s. “You throw in extended spring training and in some simulated games,” Gray said, but when you get a rehab assignment on a team that’s been playing together and competing every day, it’s nice to go and have a small part of that and be around some of those guys and hopefully show them a routine.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:04:36 UTThe Swingin’ A’s are tied for second in the American League with 22 home runs, three behind Texas. Six days earlier, Manaea had a no-hit bid through five innings, then lost all control of his repertoire in the sixth and was removed without giving up a hit. In big-league history, no one else had such a goofy pitching line — 5 innings, 0 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts — the records dating to 1913. Friday, he got two quick outs in the sixth before Nelson Cruz got a broken-bat single and Kyle Seager walked. Manaea struck out Taylor Motter to end the inning. [...] he walked his first batter, Guillermo Heredia, but made a nice pickoff move that led to Heredia getting thrown out at second base. Casilla has surrendered just one hit this season in eight innings, and opponents have had 23 at-bats. Throughout spring training, Melvin shied from doling out bullpen roles and has continued to mix and match, though Casilla has settled into the ninth-inning job. The Mariners scored first when Heredia hit a two-out single in the third and scored on Mitch Haniger’s triple to the left-field corner. Jed Lowrie followed Alonso’s blow with a double and scored on Stephen Vogt’s sacrifice fly. Jaff Decker iced his right wrist after the game, having been drilled by a seventh-inning pitch.
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A’s Rajai Davis expected to miss 1-2 days with tight hamstring Center fielder Rajai Davis was out of the A’s lineup Friday, a day after experiencing left hamstring tightness while running the bases. There was no plan to put Davis on the disabled list — the A’s are hoping he’ll miss only a day or two — but Matt Olson was recalled from Triple-A Nashville for bench depth. Considered an above average defensive first baseman, Olson also will be available to play right field, where last year he had 80 starts with Nashville and four with Oakland. Olson gives the A’s four bench players. “We won’t really know until he gets out on the field,” manager Bob Melvin said of Davis, but he’s going to be a little bit sore. Just that last at-bat it kind of grabbed on him a little bit. Olson was hitting .216 with two homers in 14 games for Nashville. Graveman to face Angels: Kendall Graveman is on target to come off the 10-day disabled list and start in Anaheim during the three-game series that opens Tuesday, the day he can be activated. Graveman threw a bullpen session Friday. Graveman would miss just one start, which Valdez took, his first big-league appearance since 2010. The A’s fired Jim Leahey, who was in his 11th season as vice president of sales and marketing. Chris Bassitt (Tommy John surgery) will throw 45 pitches in a simulated game in Arizona on Monday. … John Axford (shoulder) isn’t throwing yet and isn’t close to returning to the bullpen. John Shea is The Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Mariners Mariners When Seattle’s Danny Valencia doubled to open the ninth inning Thursday, it was the first hit allowed by Santiago Casilla this season. In his first six appearances, batters were 0-for-17 with three walks. Mariners Mariners When Seattle’s Danny Valencia doubled to open the ninth inning Thursday, it was the first hit allowed by Santiago Casilla this season. In his first six appearances, batters were 0-for-17 with three walks.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:05:42 UTThe A’s had fun again Tuesday night, which can happen when a four-game losing streak is busted. Andrew Triggs enjoyed another solid start to maintain his 0.00 ERA, Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer and nearly ran over teammate Trevor Plouffe, and the A’s scored their first runs since Saturday. The final was 4-2, A’s over Rangers, and the Coliseum showed some life and enthusiasm from a modest-sized crowd in the wake of a gloomy stretch of wet weather and poor play. The about-face started with Triggs, who set an Oakland record for most innings by a starter without surrendering an earned run to start a season: 172/3. Triggs, who has won his first three starts — accounting for half of Oakland’s wins — lasted six innings and threw just 76 pitches, 51 strikes. The biggest hit was provided by Rosales, whose two-run homer in the sixth tied the game. The runs Triggs allowed were unearned because of a rare error by first baseman Yonder Alonso, who dropped a backhanded attempt of Jurickson Profar’s grounder in the sixth. Plouffe walked and, two batters later, Rosales — replacing shortstop Marcus Semien, who underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and will miss much of the season — hit a game-tying homer onto the steps in left field. Darvish walked Alonso and got pulled, and Khris Davis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to deep center to break the tie. Pinch-hitter Ryon Healy, out of the lineup a second straight game as he tries to regain his batting stroke, punched a bloop single to drive in the final run.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:16:47 UTSonny Gray’s next assignment at Class A Stockton Sonny Gray will begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Class A Stockton on Saturday and throw roughly 65 pitches in four or five innings. From there, Gray, who’s recovering from a lat strain, might need just one more rehab game (increasing his workload to 75 to 80 pitches) before joining the A’s rotation. “That’s what we’re shooting for,” manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin called Saturday’s start “a big outing.” Gray threw 47 pitches Monday in extended spring training and said, I was throwing all my pitches for strikes. The A’s will call up pitcher Cesar Valdez to start Thursday’s series opener against the Mariners. Valdez, 32, is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA at Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander has a deceptive delivery that can leave hitters off balance. Graveman is on the disabled list and expected to miss one start. “Every time you have an injury or something like this, there’s an opportunity for somebody else,” Melvin said. Injury updates: [...] baseman Joey Wendle (shoulder strain) will fly to Nashville on Wednesday and will serve as a designated hitter. Chris Bassitt (Tommy John surgery) will throw two 15-pitch simulated innings in extended spring training Wednesday. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Rangers Top prospect Franklin Barreto will continue to play both short and second at Triple-A Nashville.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:38:13 UTSonny Gray might be 2 rehab starts from rejoining A’s Recovering from a lat strain, Gray will start for Class A Stockton on Saturday and throw roughly 65 pitches and go four or five innings. If Gray is good to go, he’d follow up with a final rehab game and throw 75 to 80 pitches. Gray was in the Coliseum clubhouse before Tuesday night’s game, saying he felt good after Monday’s 47-pitch outing in extended spring training. “I was throwing all my pitches for strikes,” Gray said. Counting yesterday, I’ve thrown probably seven or eight innings in the last seven or eight months, so it’s not like you can just jump in and be ready.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:09:56 UTWith Kendall Graveman joining Sonny Gray on the disabled list, two of Oakland’s starting pitchers are sidelined. Graveman was placed on the 10-day DL with a shoulder strain Monday, and the A’s hope he’ll return to the rotation shortly after he’s eligible to be activated April 25. “With the new 10-day DL rule, it’s kind of a different situation,” said Graveman, referring to the change from 15 days. Graveman exited his Friday start after 74 pitches and said a day later that he felt “tightness all over.” Asked Monday if the issue involved only the shoulder, he said, “It was kind of the whole arm, the back, just kind of everywhere, so we’re just trying to do treatment on a lot of things.” Gray continues to recover from a lat strain and threw 47 pitches in 22/3 innings Monday in an extended spring training game in Arizona. A scout who watched Gray pitch said, “His stamina is still building, but I wouldn’t have guessed he’d been hurt if I hadn’t known beforehand.” Vogt’s playing time: The A’s recalled Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville to take Graveman’s roster spot, giving them three catchers. Manager Bob Melvin said he spoke with Stephen Vogt in spring training about the possibility of using him less at catcher to preserve his long-term durability. Vogt will continue to get time at designated hitter. Felix Doubront, who’s rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is targeted to return as a reliever. Looking at our organizational depth, left-handed relievers are not one of our strengths right now,” general manager David Forst said, “so potentially this is the quickest way to help us here in Oakland. Doubront and right-hander Chris Bassitt, also coming off Tommy John surgery, could join the A’s as early as June. Andrew Triggs, Tuesday’s A’s starter, is the third pitcher on an Oakland Opening Day roster to throw five or more innings and surrender no earned runs in his first two outings, following Mike Norris in 1975 and Brett Anderson in 2010.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:52:41 UTHow could they possibly repeat 2016 when they used the disabled list a team-record 27 times? Before the A’s stumbled to a 7-0 loss to the Rangers at the Coliseum on Monday night, the word from sickbay was that shortstop Marcus Semien would require wrist surgery and right-hander Kendall Graveman was going on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Without Semien, the A’s brass said the team will rely on utilityman Adam Rosales at shortstop as well as Chad Pinder, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Monday when Semien was placed on the DL. What about Franklin Barreto, the A’s top prospect? [...] notice, he’ll remain with Nashville, where he’s 13-for-42 (.310) in 11 games. “He has all of 59 at-bats,” said Forst, referring to Barreto’s time in Triple-A, counting four games last year. Monday, a day after getting rained out, they didn’t take batting practice because of a wet field, drew an announced crowd of 10,406 (a fraction of that actually was on hand) and got one hit in six innings against ex-A’s pitcher A.J. Griffin and three hits overall. Jharel Cotton gave up four runs in the fifth inning and got pulled in the sixth, and the A’s committed an error for a 10th straight game. Forst’s optimism in part stems from the hope that Gray will return soon and other injured pitchers continue to progress:
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:46:46 UTThe A’s took a significant hit Monday with the news that shortstop Marcus Semien will undergo wrist surgery Tuesday and miss a good chunk of the season. A CT scan showed a fracture of the scaphold bone in Semien’s right wrist, the A’s said, and a screw will be inserted to help the healing process. Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles will perform the surgery, and the plan is for Semien to have another CT scan in six weeks and be re-evaluated by Shin in late May. Without Semien, the A’s brass said the team will rely on veteran Adam Rosales at shortstop as well as Chad Pinder, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville Monday when Semien was placed on the disabled list. Rosales is hitting .286 with one RBI in five games and started at shortstop, second base and left field. [...] notice, he’ll remain with Nashville, where he’s hitting .310 in 11 games. “He has all of 59 at-bats,” said general manager David Forst, referring to Barreto’s time in Triple-A, counting four games last year. Unlike Barreto, Pinder played a full season in Triple-A and got into 22 big-league games after getting called up in late August.
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:51:59 UTA’s Marcus Semien shelved with wrist injury A’s shortstop Marcus Semien missed Saturday’s game with a bone contusion in his right wrist and will have a CT scan Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Semien said the wrist issue began at the end of spring training and that he felt it when swinging. Friday, he began feeling it when throwing. “It’s been kind of nagging, but I usually play through everything,” Semien said. Semien played 159 games last season, 155 in 2015. Of those 311 games, 305 were starts. Jaff Decker hit .333 in spring training, was one of the final roster cuts and kept hitting at Triple-A Nashville. “I didn’t allow a hangover, you could say, for not making the team,” said Decker, who collected three hits in his A’s debut Saturday. Decker, 27, who had previous stints with the Padres, Pirates and Rays totaling only 60 games, was a non-roster invitee in spring training. Melvin said Canha — who hit .254 with with 16 homers and 70 RBIs as a rookie in 2015 — needs to play regularly and get consistent at-bats, especially after missing most of last season and starting this season only against lefties. To create room on the 40-man roster for Decker, the A’s transferred outfielder Jake Smolinski, recovering from shoulder surgery, to the 60-day disabled list. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who was pulled after 74 pitches Friday because of what he called “tightness all over,” got treatment Saturday and expects to make his next start.