Mengden signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Korea Baseball Organization's Kia Tigers on Dec. 29, the Associated Press reports.
Cut loose from the Athletics' 40-man roster in late September, Mengden likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal this winter after he posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 12.1 innings with Oakland in 2020. Rather than dealing with the uncertainty of the 2021 minor-league season, Mengden instead felt heading overseas with a guaranteed contract in hand was the preferable option. He'll likely look to turn in a strong showing in South Korea this season with the hope of garnering renewed interest from MLB teams in 2022.
Mengden cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mengden lost his spot on the 40-man roster Sunday after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list, but he'll remain in the organization going forward. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be included in the Athletics' player pool heading into the postseason. Mengden posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 12.1 innings spanning four appearances in 2020.
Mengden was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday and subsequently designated for assignment by the A's.
The right-hander landed on the COVID-19 IL in early September and was recently cleared to return to the alternate training site, but he won't retain his spot on the 40-man roster. Mengden appeared in four games this season and had a 3.65 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 12.1 innings.
Mengden (illness) joined the Athletics at the alternate training site and will begin throwing Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Mengden tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of September, but he was reportedly asymptomatic. It's unclear when he'll be able to return to game action, but a better timetable for his return could be known once he resumes throwing.
Mengden was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
He is asymptomatic, but will nonetheless have to quarantine until he tests negative, so he should be considered out indefinitely. The Athletics say that Mengden did not violate safety protocols, so there will be no discipline from the team. Mike Minor was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.
Mengden came on in relief of Mike Fiers in the fourth inning of a loss to the Angels on Tuesday and allowed an earned run on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out two.
The right-hander threw 58 pitches overall while eating up some important innings in the middle of the contest in what was his first appearance since making a spot start July 28 against the Rockies. With Jesus Luzardo back in the rotation and Chris Bassitt thriving as a starter as well, Mengden, whose arm is built up for multiple innings, could serve as a valuable resource for manager Bob Melvin in instances such as Tuesday's when starters don't log a normal workload, which makes the 14 days between outings somewhat confounding.
Mengden moved into a bullpen role July 31 after the Athletics added Jesus Luzardo to the rotation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mengden hasn't been used since his last start July 28, while Oakland's top pitching prospect strengthened his hold on a rotation spot by tossing five shutout innings Tuesday against the Rangers. The Athletics presumably still view Mengden as the next man up in the rotation, but he'll be largely limited to low-leverage mop-up work while he's in the bullpen.
Mengden (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.
Sam Hilliard, the Rockies' eight-hole hitter, was a thorn in Mengden's side, doubling and later homering off the right-hander. Mengden entered this contest with a 4.54 FIP and 1.30 WHIP for his career, so he's a capable, if unexciting spot starter. The A's are hoping to get Jesus Luzardo stretched out and back in the rotation sooner rather than later.
The Athletics activated Mengden (elbow) from the 45-day injured list Wednesday.
Mengden was first placed on the 60-day IL in mid-February after requiring arthroscopic right elbow surgery, but he made a full recovery from the procedure while MLB was on hiatus for four months. After satisfying the Oakland coaching staff with his performance during summer camp, Mengden will open the season as the Athletics' fifth starter, taking the spot that was opened by A.J. Puk's (shoulder) move to the 10-day IL.
Mengden (elbow) will open the season as the Athletics' fifth starter after A.J. Puk was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain Monday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Mengden underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery back in February but is considered fully healthy, though he remains on the 60-day injured list for now. He may not have been the next man up if not for Jesus Luzardo's late arrival at camp due to COVID-19, and there's certainly a chance Luzardo displaces him from the rotation once he builds up his arm strength, but Mengden should at least get to make a start or two at the beginning of the year. He won't be a particularly exciting fantasy option in those starts, as he owns a career 4.68 ERA and a 17.3 percent strikeout rate.
Mengden (elbow) worked with pitching coach Scott Emerson on modifying his delivery during the recent shutdown, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I've been trying to shorten up my arm action just a little bit," Mengden said. "I felt weird last year. I'm trying to be a little more fluid with not as much movement back and forward. Trying to keep everything smooth and repeatable."
The right-hander has previously utilized multiple pumps during his windup, but due to some of the inconsistencies that may have produced, Mengden has opted to eliminate some of the extra movement as well as a slide step. The intent of the change is to allow Mengden to work quicker and keep his release point steady, both of which have been issues at times in the past. The early returns have been encouraging, with Mengden looking sharp in simulated games and teammate Matt Olson praising the pitcher's curveball, movement and command.
Mengden (elbow) is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Athletics' summer camp, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was recently declared to be fully healthy from his late-February arthroscopic elbow surgery, although he remains on the 60-day injured list for the moment. Mengden seemingly offers the type of versatility that would be especially coveted in a 2020 season that will have several unique aspects, and he'll have a chance to make his case for a spot on the expanded Opening Day roster over the three-plus weeks of summer camp.
Mengden, who underwent late-February arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow, is now considered to be fully healthy for the upcoming start of the team's summer camp, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The veteran right-hander had already assessed that he was close to full health by late May, which was further validated by the fact he'd been able to resume throwing bullpen sessions at that point. The subsequent month has resulted in Mengden's elbow getting back to 100 percent, and his experience and versatility could be particularly valuable in the uniquely formatted 2020 regular season. The 27-year-old could realistically handle both spot starts and long-relief appearances while helping ensure the team's front-line arms aren't prematurely taxed, particularly early in the shortened season.
Mengden (elbow) told Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area last week that he's "about 95 percent" healthy and has resumed throwing all of his pitches in bullpen sessions.
Mengden was placed on the 60-day injured list in mid-February after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, which marked the third time he went under the knife during the offseason after he previously required a pair of procedures to address a digestive issue. Though Mengden was initially in line to miss at least the first month or two of the season, the league's ongoing hiatus has allowed him to make a near full recovery without having to miss any actual games. Even if he had entered spring training healthy, Mengden was expected to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot, so he may have to settle for a long-relief role if Oakland decides to activate him from the IL when the season resumes.
Mengden (elbow), who resumed throwing March 13, will miss significantly less time, if any, thanks to the delayed start to the regular season.
The right-hander's original recovery timeline from Feb. 12 arthroscopic surgery was 6-to-10 weeks, which was set to definitely keep him out through the early portion of the season when Opening Day was still scheduled to unfold March 26. With the first regular-season game now unlikely to transpire before June 1 at the earliest, Mengden could be available from the start of the 2020 campaign. The 27-year-old will look to secure a multi-inning bullpen role with all five rotation spots likely spoken for, and Mengden should have a chance to corroborate the fitness of his elbow during whatever ramp-up period takes place leading up to the onset of the regular season.
Mengden (elbow) will play catch Friday as he works his way toward a midseason return, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Mengden will throw for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery in mid-February. Reports at the time said he'd be back in 6-to-10 weeks, though manager Bob Melvin's midseason timeline, while somewhat ambiguous, suggests that may be a little optimistic. A more precise timeline should emerge once Mengden begins throwing.
Mengden (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Mengden underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday that will require a recovery timetable of 6-to-10 weeks, and his placement on the 60-day injured list frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Burch Smith, who was acquired from the Giants via trade Saturday. Mengden will likely work as a middle reliever once again for the Athletics once he's healthy.
Mengden said he expects to miss around 6-to-10 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Mengden was healthy at the conclusion of the 2019 season, but he admitted Wednesday that his elbow had acted up in a recent bullpen session, prompting him to get an MRI last week. The righty determined a scope was the best course of action to address the injury, so he'll miss all of spring training and quite possibly the first month of the regular season before a firm target date for his return emerges. Mengden will likely work as a depth starter or long-relief option for the Athletics once healthy.
Mengden underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The procedure involved shaving off a small spur in Mengden's olecranon. A timeline for his return has yet to be announced. The righty is out of options and was likely on the roster bubble already after posting an uninspiring 4.83 ERA and a 16.2 percent strikeout rate in 59.2 innings last season.
Mengden was credited with his first save in a win over the Astros on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks over three innings while recording a strikeout.
Mengden managed the unlikely feat of nabbing a save in a game the Athletics won by 14 runs, as the fact he pitched three innings without blowing his team's sizable advantage technically qualified him for such. The veteran right-hander did surrender a two-run home run to Martin Maldonado in the ninth inning to blemish his performance to an extent, but Mengden was reasonably effective in his first appearance since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.
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|08/16||@ SF||W 15-3||1.0||1||0||2||1|
|08/11||@ LAA||L 0-6||3.1||5||1||2||2|
|07/28||vs COL||L 3-8||1||4.0||5||3||2||4|
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