Tag:Jeff Larish
Posted on: September 12, 2010 8:38 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 8:43 pm

Report: A's to sign Iwamura

To say Akinori Iwamura's season was disappointing would be an understatement. He entered the year as Pittsburgh's highest-paid player, was banished to the minors after putting up a horrendous .182/.292/.267 line in 54 games, and finally was released on Friday.

It appears the Athletics are willing to take him on as a reclamation project, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports that they'll sign him Monday. The A's need another third baseman with Kevin Kouzmanoff sidelined and Jeff Larish, plucked off waivers from the Tigers on August 3, in a .174/.255/.348 death spiral since arriving in Oakland.

Iwamura, 31, was a standout player in Japan and showed in his first three years in Tampa Bay that he can play (.281 average with good defense), but the fact that he's Oakland's best option at this point is not a great sign for the A's.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:48 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 11:27 pm

A's Jackson faces season-ending surgery

Conor Jackson
The Athletics haven't exactly gotten much return on their June 15 trade with the Diamondbacks, in which they sent reliever Sam Demel to Arizona in exchange for outfielder Conor Jackson. Jackson has had just 69 plate appearances with Oakland as he has battled what was believed to be a hamstring strain.

After aggravating the injury Thursday, the A's are now saying he has a sports hernia, and surgery is a likely option.

"It's definitely a mental blow," Jackson told MLB.com. "It's borderline embarrassing, just because I come over to a new organization and I've only played [18] games. I know that they had high regards for me coming over here and I felt like health has ridden my performance."

Jackson has seen several doctors and will see a sports hernia specialist before deciding how to proceed. Recovery time for the operation is four to six weeks, so the A's would just shut him down for the season rather than try to rush him back for the final few games.

With Jackson on the disabled list, Jeff Larish was called up to take his roster spot.

-- David Andriesen

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