The Athletics cut five pitchers on Sunday. RHP Arnold Leon was optioned to Triple-A. He allowed two hits in four shutout innings this spring, and manager Bob Melvin said the decision to send him down was a tough one. RHP Raul Alcantara, who hasn't played as he continues to recover from arm surgery, was optioned to Double-A. Three pitchers were reassigned to minor league camp: RHP Angel Castro (3.00 ERA in three spring innings) and LHPs Jim Fuller (3.38 ERA) and Rudy Owens (9.00 ERA).
Athletics RHP Raul Alcantara is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last May. CSN California's Joe Stiglich reported that Alcantara is throwing from the front of the mound in camp with the Athletics. He plans to continue progressing through his comeback over the next seven weeks, at which point he'll be able to throw batting practice.
The Athletics announced Monday they optioned outfielder Shane Peterson to Triple-A Sacramento. They also optioned starting pitcher Raul Alcantara to Double-A Midland and starting pitcher Michael Ynoa to Class A Stockton.
The Athletics added pitcher Raul Alcantara to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday, thereby protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. Alcantara made 27 starts between Class A Beloit and high Class A Stockton in 2013, going 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 124:24 K:BB ratio in 156 1/3 innings. His addition leaves the A's with one open spot on the 40-man roster.
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