• by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Athletics LHP Fernando Abad very bad this season

    The recent struggles of Athletics reliever Fernando Abad might not be so troublesome if not for one factor. That is, he's their lone lefty out of the bullpen. His problems are making it difficult for Bob Melvin to strategize. Abad faced three batters in the Tuesday night loss to Houston and allowed home runs to left-handed hitters Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro. It's not what Melvin had in mind. But then, he's grown accustomed to it - Abad owns a 7.36 ERA and has yielded 14 hits in 11 innings. "He's our only lefty. We've got to figure out how to use him," Melvin told MLB.com. "The last couple times, he seemed to be pretty good, like what we saw last year, and the pitch to Rasmus, it's 0-2, he's trying to go away, it looked like he missed the entire other side of the plate." Abad, who has given up seven hits in 18 at-bats to first hitters he's faced, said his delivery is fine, but complained about his location.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Athletics hit by illness, including Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman

    Manager Bob Melvin said that the Athletics have been laid low by a 10-day cold bug that has been working its way through the clubhouse. Among the players that have already had it are Sonny Gray, Fernando Abad, Stephen Vogt and Ike Davis. Kendall Graveman was fighting the illness when he made his first start, Melvin said. Graveman gave up seven earned runs in three and a third innings.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Athletics' Fernando Abad suffers loss in relief

    Athletics reliever Fernando Abad gave up a run to Seattle in the eleventh inning in a 5-4 loss. After striking out two batters and allowing one hit in the tenth, Abad came back out for the eleventh. The three batters he faced that inning got a single, sacrifice and RBI double. Abad's season ERA increased to 3.00.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Athletics avoid arbitration with P Fernando Abad

    The Athletics and reliever Fernando Abad avoided arbitration and agreed on a one-year contract, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Terms were not immediately known. Abad had filed for $1.225 million, while the team had countered with $850,000. Abad went 2-4 with a 1.57 ERA last season, striking out 51 batters in 57 1/3 innings.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Report: A's swap arbitration numbers with Abad, Sogard

    Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad has filed for $1.225 million in arbitration, while second baseman Eric Sogard has filed for $1.425 million, Fangraphs reports. The team has offered $850,000 to Abad, who posted a 1.57 ERA and 51:15 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings in 2014. The team also offered $900,000 to Sogard, who hit .223/.298/.268 with one home run, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 291 at-bats. Both players are in their first year of arbitration eligibility.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Fernando Abad ejected for being a bad boy

    Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad was ejected Sunday after benches cleared in the eighth. Abad came on in relief of Scott Kazmir, and threw two pitches inside to third baseman Manny Machado. Machado nearly got into a dustup with third baseman Josh Donaldson Saturday, so the pitch location was a bit suspicious. On the second pitch, Machado lost control of the bat, which flew out toward third. That caused the benches to clear. Both Machado and Abad were immediately ejected.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Fernando Abad picks up relief win Friday

    Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad (1-2) picked up the win Friday against the Orioles in Baltimore despite a shaky outing. Abad allowed two hits and one walk in a scoreless inning of 4-3 win in extras. He owns a 1.82 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Fernando Abad suffers loss vs. Tigers

    Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad was charged with a loss Tuesday after surrendering an unearned run in his team's 6-5 defeat against the Tigers. Abad (0-2) gave up two walks in the eighth inning before being pulled, and the lead runner eventually came around to score the go-ahead run. Abad owns a 2.18 ERA and 21:8 K:BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Fernando Abad takes loss vs. White Sox Wednesday

    Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad was hit with a loss Wednesday after giving up two earned runs on two hits in one-third of an inning in his team's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Abad (0-1) struck out one but also put two on base before being pulled from the game, and the next pitcher surrendered a decisive three-run home run to stick Abad with the loss. He owns a 2.25 ERA and 18:5 K:BB ratio in 16 innings.

  • by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

    Fernando Abad acquired by A's

    The Nationals traded reliever Fernando Abad to the Athletics for minor league outfielder John Wooten on Monday, as reported by Peter Gammons via his Twitter account. Abad, who was designated for assignment last Wednesday, appeared in 39 games for Washington in 2013, finishing with a 3.35 ERA.