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Oakland Athletics MLB News - A’s Baseball Blog » 2008 » August

The Oakland Athletics place DH Frank Thomas on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 31 August 2008 at 11:32 pm

The A’s have placed starting DH Frank Thomas on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quad. This injury will likely end the Big Hurt’s season. Thomas has played in 71 games for the Blue Jays and A’s this season and he is 59 for 246 (.240 avg, .723 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 8 homers and 30 RBIs. The A’s have recalled 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Aaron Cunningham from AAA to replace Thomas on the active roster for the A’s. Cunningham played in 107 games in AA+AAA ball this season and he was 139 for 423 (.329 avg, .932 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Cunningham was the #7 prospect in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system coming into this season and he came to the A’s in the Dan Haren trade over the winter. Cunningham made his major league debut on Sunday and it was a good one as he was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. He will likely get a lot of playing time in September for the A’s.

UPDATE:  Thomas is officially done for the season.  He played in 55 games for the A’s this season and he was 49 for 186 (.263 avg, .751 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers and 19 RBIs.  The A’s have activated DH Mike Sweeney from the D.L. and he will likely get some at bats against lefty starting pitching.  Sweeney has played in 41 games this season for the A’s and he is 35 for 125 (.280 avg, .710 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs.  I would be very surprised if either of these broken down players are on the A’s in 2009.

The Oakland A’s demote outfielder Carlos Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 30 August 2008 at 1:21 am

The A’s have demoted outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to AAA to try to get him out of his recent funk at the plate. Gonzalez has played in 77 games for the A’s this season and he is 68 for 283 (.240 avg, .635 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 4 homers, 23 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has also whiffed 76 times for the A’s which is too many for the kind of hitter that Gonzalez is. The A’s have activated Ryan Sweeney off of the D.L. to replace Gonzalez on the roster. Sweeney has played in 89 games for the A’s this season and he is 85 for 292 (.291 avg, .722 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 4 homers, 37 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The A’s really like Sweeney but he needs to quit breaking down physically if he’s going to be a big part of the future for the A’s.

The Oakland Athletics place Sean Gallagher on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 22 August 2008 at 4:35 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed righty starting pitcher Sean Gallagher on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. Gallagher was the main piece of the Rich Harden trade and he has not looked too good for the A’s. He has started 7 games for the A’s this season and he was 1-2 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. Gallagher had trouble with his control as he walked 26 batters in only 34.1 innings for the A’s this season. Lefty Dana Eveland has been recalled from AAA ball to replace Gallagher in the starting rotation. Eveland started 22 games earlier this season for the A’s and he was 7-8 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Eveland also had a huge control problem with the A’s this season as he has walked 64 batters in only 125 innings. The A’s really hope that Eveland’s say in AAA has taught him to trust his stuff and throw strikes as he started 3 games there and was 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Eveland whiffed 21 batters while walking only 4 in 21 innings in AAA ball.

The Oakland Athletics place Justin Duchscherer on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 21 August 2008 at 7:29 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed All-Star starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury. This will really send the Oakland A’s further down into the toilet as Duchscherer has been the best pitcher on the A’s pitching staff this season. He has started 22 games for the A’s this season and he is 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The A’s will likely move lefty Dan Meyer into the starting rotation to replace Duchscherer. Meyer has pitched in 6 games (1 start) for the A’s this season and he is 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Oakland Athletics designate 1B Wes Bankston for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 18 August 2008 at 10:25 pm

The Oakland A’s have designated 1B Wes Bankston for assignment. Bankston played in 17 games for the A’s this season and he was 12 for 59 (.203 avg, .543 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. This is a surprising move as Daric Barton has been pretty awful at 1B this season for the A’s. Barton has played in 105 games for the A’s this season and he is 70 for 331 (.211 avg, .616 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 5 homers and 32 RBIs. Bankston was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Kirk Saarloos who the A’s called up to work in long relief. All he did tonight was work 3.2 shutout innings in long relief to win the game. Saarloos has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) now for the A’s and he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Saarloos also has pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AAA-ball this season and he was 9-4 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

The Oakland Athletics place OF Ryan Sweeney on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 14 August 2008 at 9:12 am

The Oakland A’s have placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb. Sweeney has played in 88 games for the A’s this season and he is 83 for 289 (.287 avg, .713 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 37 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The A’s have recalled Eric Patterson to replace Sweeney on the roster and in the outfield. Patterson has played in 4 games for the A’s this season and he is 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .396 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Patterson has now played in 17 games in the majors this season (Cubs and A’s) and he is 10 for 50 (.200 avg) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Look for Patterson to play much better this time around for the A’s as he should get to play more. Still, Sweeney has been one of the very few solid players on the A’s this season so they will miss him some.

Kurt Suzuki is playing well for the Oakland A’s this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 13 August 2008 at 10:50 am

24-year old righty swinging catcher Kurt Suzuki has avoided a team wide slump that’s been spreading on the A’s. Suzuki has played in 109 games this season with the A’s and he is 113 for 393 (.288 avg, .727 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 5 homers and 31 RBIs. Suzuki is one of the few young players on the A’s that’s playing up to his ability and he appears to have a bright future for the team.

Brad Ziegler is now the closer for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 13 August 2008 at 10:46 am

It makes perfect sense that the A’s have replaced Huston Street with rookie Brad Ziegler as the closer seeing how he still hasn’t given up a run. The 28-year old righty is up to 38 shutout innings to start his major league career and he can start to set his sight on Orel Hershiser’s all-time record for consecutive shutout innings. In 1988, Hershiser tossed 59 straight shutout innings on his way to a Cy Young Award and a World Championship for the Dodgers. It will be harder for Ziegler to get that many innings because it will take him a lot more games to get there being a reliever. Still, Ziegler has been awesome this season as he has worked in 29 games (0 starts) and he is 1-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He has only allowed 21 hits in 38 innings this season as batters are having trouble picking up his pitches from his sidearm delivery. Ziegler reminds me of another reliever who throws sidearm. That was Dan Quisenberry who also came up at an advanced age for his first action in the majors at 26 years old. All Quisenberry did was pitch in 674 games in his major league career and he was 56-46 with 224 saves, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The A’s would do backflips if Ziegler could have a career like Quisenberry but it’s way too early to project if he will be that good down the road. Still, right now Ziegler is the best relief pitcher in the league…..at least until he gives up a run.

The Oakland Athletics designate 3B Brooks Conrad for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 August 2008 at 10:35 pm

The Oakland A’s have designated 3B Brooks Conrad for assignment. Conrad played in 6 games for the A’s this season and he was 3 for 19 (.158 avg, .369 OPS) with 2 RBIs. He also whiffed 9 times in only 19 at bats for the A’s and that’s part of the reason why he was designated for assignment. The A’s have also sent down lefty reliever Lenny DiNardo to make room on the roster for 3B/SS Cliff Pennington. DiNardo pitched in 11 games (2 starts) for the A’s this season and he was 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. 24-year old switch hitting Cliff Pennington will battle Jack Hannahan for playing time at 3B. Pennington was the A’s #24 prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. Pennington has played in 115 games in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 123 for 440 (.280 avg, .756 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 2 homers, 34 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. The A’s need some kind of offensive production at 3B so Pennington could get a long look there. Jack Hannahan has been in a season long funk with the bat and he will start losing playing time unless he gets things turned around soon. Hannahan has played in 108 games for the A’s this season and he is 76 for 342 (.222 avg, .640 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 5 homers and 36 RBIs.

Eric Chavez is done for the season for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 5 August 2008 at 12:18 pm

The A’s have officially lost 3B Eric Chavez for the season after he underwent surgery to repair his right shoulder recently. There is significant doubt that he will be able to play 3B ever again in his career. He will likely have to shift to DH or 1B for the 2009 season. Chavez played in 23 games for the A’s this season and he was 22 for 89 (.247 avg, .688 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Jack Hannahan will continue to start at 3B for the A’s for the time being but he is nothing to write home about. He has played in 102 games for the A’s this season and he is 75 for 322 (.233 avg, .667 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 5 homers and 36 RBIs.

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