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Athletics' Sean Manaea: Moving rehab to Triple-A
Manaea (shoulder) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Las Vegas and is set to throw around 75 pitches, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Manaea tossed 3.2 scoreless frames during his last outing with High-A Stockton, proving that he's ready to rehab at a higher level. He'll likely require at least two or three starts with the Aviators before Oakland considers activating the southpaw from the 60-day injured list, however.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Josh Phegley: Not in Friday's lineup
Phegley will be on the bench Friday against the Twins.
Phegley sits after starting three straight games. Chris Herrmann takes over behind the plate.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jurickson Profar: Reclaiming starting spot
Profar starts at second base for the third straight game Friday against the Twins.
Profar seems to be back as the Athletics' primary second baseman after temporarily losing his starting job to Franklin Barreto. Profar owns a solid .831 OPS since the start of June after struggling to a .614 mark through the end of May.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Sits for third straight
Barreto sits for the third straight game Friday against the Twins.
Barreto owns an awful .152/.176/.364 slash line in 10 games so far this season, so it's hardly surprising to see him lose his temporary starting job. Jurickson Profar appears to be back as the primary second baseman.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Still out Friday
Chapman (ankle) remains out of action Friday against Minnesota.
Chapman has been out since leaving Wednesday's game with a sore left ankle. He stated Thursday that he expected to be back in action Friday but evidently needs at least one more day off. Chad Pinder remains the starter at third base.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Bat stays hot in loss
Laureano went 3-for-4 with two runs in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.
No Oakland hitter managed more than one hit off Kyle Gibson and Taylor Rogers except Laureano, who now has three straight multi-hit efforts and six overall in his last eight games. The outfielder has been squaring up particularly well on the ball since the last game of June, as he's amassed five doubles, six home runs and a .541 wOBA during that 13-game stretch (55 plate appearances).... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Nick Hundley: Fills DH role in latest rehab game
Hundley (knee) started at designated hitter for High-A Stockton against Lancaster on Thursday and went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run while playing all nine innings.
It was Hundley's second rehab game with the Ports, and Thursday's DH duty followed seven innings of playing behind the dish Wednesday. So far, so good for the veteran catcher in what is thus far a four-game rehab stint, and he'll likely up his participation to a full game at catcher in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Much better in latest rehab start
Manaea (shoulder) fired 3.2 scoreless innings in High-A Stockton's win over Lancaster on Thursday, allowing four hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts.
There were multiple aspects of Manaea's outing that were encouraging, beginning with the scoreless line. After all, the left-hander had surrendered nine earned runs over his first two turns against High-A bats, which was reason for at least mild concern. Then, Manaea also worked all the way up to 64 pitches, 39 of which found the strike zone. This was likely the type of performance the Athletics needed to see from the 27-year-old before bumping him up the organizational ladder to continue his rehab assignment, but time will tell of Manaea is destined for at least one more appearance with the Ports.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jurickson Profar: Goes yard again in loss
Profar went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Profar launched a blast to right field off Kyle Gibson in the sixth inning to give Oakland a temporary two-run lead. The homer was his fourth in the last four games and brought his total to 14 on the season. Despite the power surge, the 26-year-old is still batting a meager .217 in 300 at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Mike Fiers: Tosses 11th straight quality start
Fiers did not factor into the decision against Minnesota on Thursday, completing 6.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four.
Fiers held the Twins to one run through six innings but was pulled from the game after allowing a one-out double followed by a walk in the seventh. He was relieved by Yusmeiro Petit, who promptly served up a three-run homer to Eddie Rosario, with two of the runs charged to Fiers. Despite the disappointing outcome, the 34-year-old tossed his 11th straight quality start and has now given up three runs or fewer in 14 consecutive appearances. He'll carry a 9-3 record along with a 3.60 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his next matchup, a challenging road test versus the Astros on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Expects to return Friday
Chapman (ankle) expects to return to the lineup Friday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chapman is sitting Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a sore left ankle. His absence Thursday is considered precautionary, however, so he shouldn't miss much more time, if any.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Sits again Thursday
Barreto sits for the second straight game Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barreto had started nine times in a stretch of 11 games but may be losing his spot as the primary second baseman. It's hard to say he deserves regular playing time based on his .152/.176/.364 slash line in 10 games so far this season. Jurickson Profar again starts at second base.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Chris Herrmann: Remains on bench
Herrmann sits for the third straight game Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Herrmann had seemed to be moving into the primary catcher spot, starting three of four contests, but he's now been on the bench for three in a row, with Josh Phegley starting on each occasion. The playing-time split may still take some time to figure out, as Herrmann has only been back from the injured list for 12 games.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Matt Chapman: Sitting Thursday
Chapman (ankle) is not starting Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chapman left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with a sore left ankle and will sit for at least one game. Chad Pinder gets the start at third base.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Nick Hundley: Hitless in first High-A rehab game
Hundley (knee) went 0-for-4 while playing seven innings at catcher for High-A Stockton in a win over Lancaster on Wednesday.
The veteran backstop was playing his first rehab game with the Ports, but his third overall after logging a pair of appearances with the Athletics' Arizona League team. Hundley is presumably working up to eventually catching a full nine innings before activation is considered.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Collects three extra-base hits
Laureano went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a solo home run and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.
Laureano delivered three extra-base hits to record his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 starts. The performance was highlighted by a solo home run in the ninth inning, his 19th long ball of the season. After little power production to begin the season, Laureano is now slugging .500 across 377 plate appearances for the campaign.... See More ... See Less