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Athletics' Frankie Montas: Makes starting rotation
Montas has been named to Oakland's starting rotation, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
Montas will enter the 2019 season at the Athletics' No. 4 starting pitcher, an unsurprising choice given his success in spring training. He started 11 games last year with Oakland and posted a 3.88 ERA with a 43:21 K:BB across 65 innings.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Smacks homer in exhibition
Laureano went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in an exhibition win over the Giants on Sunday.
In the wake of a multi-hit effort versus the Mariners in the closing game of the season-opening series in Japan, Laureano squared up on a Travis Bergen offering in the seventh inning Sunday and launched it 422 feet to left center for the Athletics' final two runs of the night. Laureano went down on strikes in his other two at-bats, however, a troubling trend the outfielder will be looking to address throughout the season.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jurickson Profar: Goes deep in exhibition
Profar went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in an exhibition win over the Giants on Sunday.
Profar's fourth-inning shot off Dereck Rodriguez was his second round tripper of exhibition play overall. The versatile infielder is slated to spend time at first base against right-handed pitching during Matt Olson's extended absence due to a hand injury, and Sunday's production came in the wake of a two-game season-opening series versus the Mariners in Japan wherein he went 2-for-10 with a double and a run.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Stephen Piscotty: Smacks homer in Bay Bridge tilt
Piscotty went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in an exhibition win over the Giants on Sunday.
Piscotty's first-inning blast off Dereck Rodriguez opened the scoring on the day for the Athletics and served as his third homer this spring. The 28-year-old outfielder went 2-for-8 with a solo home run in the two-game season-opening series against the Mariners in Japan, and it appears he's keeping his bat warm during Oakland's temporary return to exhibition play.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Brett Anderson: Dominant in Bay Bridge exhibition
Anderson fired six scoreless innings in an exhibition win over the Giants on Sunday, allowing three hits and a walk while recording three strikeouts.
Anderson's final tuneup for the regular season could hardly have gone better, as the veteran was dominant while regularly flummoxing a Giants lineup stuffed with regulars. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Anderson needed an efficient 66 pitches to record his 18 outs, with 47 of those offerings finding the strike zone. Anderson needed more work in the bullpen after his exit due to how quickly he breezed through the outing, which served to lower his spring ERA to an impressive 2.87. Manager Bob Melvin is naturally very encouraged with his projected No. 3 starter's body of work during the exhibition slate, noting Anderson's physical and mental improvements. "It looks to me like he's pitching with more confidence," Melvin said. "He is in better shape. He's moving around better. You see him covering first and doing things that in the past may have been more of a challenge for him."... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Frankie Montas: Makes stellar case for spot
Montas fired three scoreless innings in an exhibition win over the Giants on Sunday, allowing two walks and recording three strikeouts.
The right-hander brought his spring ERA down to a minuscule 0.56 with the outing, which may have cemented his claim to one of the two open rotation spots. Montas has added a bit more variety to his repertoire thus far this year, utilizing sinkers and changeups to make his mid-90s fastball even more effective. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that while manager Bob Melvin isn't ready to announce his final personnel decisions, he's clearly been impacted by Montas' spring performance. "Frankie Montas is pitching great," Melvin said. "I'm not saying he's on there for sure -- we'll let guys know at the appropriate time -- but, man, he's done everything that you would ask to make a team. And when you're pitching like he is to make a team, there's more pressure on you. So it's been doubly impressive."... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Franklin Barreto: To see time at keystone
Barreto is slated to occasionally fill in at second base when Jurickson Profar shifts over to first during Matt Olson's (hand) absence, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Barreto logged time at second base, shortstop and designated hitter in 2018, but the keystone is where he spent the most time. Therefore, he's a natural fill-in for Profar on occasions the latter mans the corner infield spot, although manager Bob Melvin also indicated Saturday that Chad Pinder would slot in at second base periodically during Olson's projected multi-week absence.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jurickson Profar: To see time at first
Profar is slated to draw starts at first base against right-handed pitching in the wake of Matt Olson's hand injury, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Profar will shift over from the keystone for those assignments, with manager Bob Melvin relying on the infielder's 43-game resume of error-free ball at first base over the last three seasons with the Rangers as proof Profar is up to the task. According to Melvin, the switch-hitting 26-year-old won't necessarily be used in a strict platoon with Mark Canha, who's slated to often slot into the lineup against southpaws during Olson's absence. Chad Pinder and Franklin Barreto will fill in for Profar at second base in any games where the latter switches positions.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Chad Pinder: Likely to see time at first
Pinder is expected to see time at first base with Matt Olson set to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hamate bone, Martin Gallegos of the Mercury News reports.
Mark Canha replaced Olson at first base after the injury occurred in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss to the Mariners in Tokyo. Pinder will also factor into the mix, and could end up seeing quite a bit of time there given that he was better against right-handed pitching (97 wRC+) than Canha (88 wRC+) last season. Pinder is a versatile defender and will see time at other positions as well; he already qualifies at second base and outfield, and third base too in leagues with a 15-game minimum for positional eligibility.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Mark Canha: Set for time at first base
Canha is expected to see time at first base with Matt Olson out 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hamate bone, Martin Gallegos of the Mercury News reports.
Canha replaced Olson at first after Olson suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss to the Mariners in Tokyo. The expectations is that Canha and Chad Pinder will split time at the position in Olson's absence. They both hit right-handed and thus do not form a natural platoon. Canha struggled against same-handed pitching last season, slashing .227/.323/.343 (88 wRC+), compared to .233/.302/.411 (97 wRC+) for Pinder. Both were well above average against lefties.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Matt Olson: Broken hamate bone
Olson's surgery Friday was to repair a broken hamate bone, Andrew Simon of MLB.com reports. While there's no official timetable for his return, typically those injuries require 6-to-8 weeks off before the player can resume normal activity.
Often hitters struggle to hit for power even after returning from these procedures, and in many other instances, there are setbacks in the recovery process. With such a long period of inactivity, Olson almost certainly is going to need a lengthy recovery period and subsequent rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Matt Olson: Undergoes hand surgery
Olson underwent successful surgery on his right hand Friday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Olson injured his hand during the team's opening series against the Mariners. The A's have yet to provide a timetable for his return, though he figures to begin the season on the IL, with Mark Canha and Chad Pinder handling first-base duties while Olson is out.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Blake Treinen: Cruises through first appearance
Treinen fired two perfect frames in an extra-innings loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday. He struck out four.
The ultra-efficient 22-pitch outing was simply an extension of the dominance Treinen exhibited during Cactus League play, and for that matter, all of last season. The closer was shut out of a save opportunity Thursday due to the score remaining deadlocked at 4-4 during his pair of frames, but Treinen projects to have no shortage of such chances on a talented squad over the course of the season.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Two hits Thursday
Laureano went 2-for-5 in an extra-innings loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Laureano turned in a dud at the leadoff spot in Wednesday's opener, so manager Bob Melvin slid Marcus Semien atop the order Thursday while bumping Laureano down to eighth. The young outfielder responded with a solid effort, although two of the three outs he made came on strikeouts. That makes it five whiffs in 10 plate appearances over the first two games of the season for Laureano, who generated a 28.4 percent strikeout rate in 176 PAs for the Athletics during his first exposure to big-league arms in 2018. The 24-year-old still managed a solid .288/.358/.474 line despite his 68 percent contact rate, but he's highly unlikely to once again have the benefit of a .388 BABIP to bail him out this year.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Khris Davis: Timely pair of RBI during loss
Davis went 1-for-5 with a two-run single and a walk in an extra-innings loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Davis' timely seventh-inning single brought home both Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien to knot the game at four. The owner of three straight 100-RBI campaigns, Davis has his quest for a fourth off to a fine start, as he drove home four of the Athletics' 11 runs during the season-opening two-game set.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Marcus Semien: Productive from top of order
Semien went 3-for-6 with an RBI single and a run in an extra-innings loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.
Semien's parlayed his move to the leadoff spot into one of two multi-hit efforts for the Athletics on the evening, and his fifth-inning single that drove home Matt Olson produced the team's first run. Semien's quest to put together an impressive contract year is off to a fine start, as he went 4-for-8 with two RBI and two runs over the season-opening two-game set against the Mariners.... See More ... See Less