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Oakland Athletics MLB News - A’s Baseball Blog » 2010 » April

The Oakland Athletics place Kurt Suzuki on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 8:22 pm

The A’s have placed starting catcher Kurt Suzuki on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. He has played in 17 games this season for the A’s in which he is 15 of 59 (.254 avg, .852 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs. The A’s will miss Suzuki’s overall game as he is a good hitter & defender. The A’s have called up 24-year old righty swinging catcher Josh Donaldson to replace Suzuki on the roster. Donaldson was the A’s #14 ranked prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has played in 18 games in AAA-ball this season in which he was 18 of 67 (.269 avg, .842 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 19 RBIs. Donaldson has now played in 305 games in his four years in the minors and he is 312 of 1,118 (.279 avg, .831 OPS) with 180 runs scored, 37 homers and 207 RBIs. The A’s will likely have a time share behind the plate with Suzuki out of action with Donaldson, Landon Powell and Jake Fox all getting some P.T. I think Donaldson will get a lot of work though as he is a highly thought of prospect.

The Oakland Athletics place Brett Anderson on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 5:31 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 22-year old lefty starting pitcher Brett Anderson on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Anderson has started 4 games this season for the Athletics and he is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has whiffed 17 batters while only walking 4 in 23 innings pitched so far this year showing just how well he was pitching. Anderson was looking to build on his solid rookie year of 2009 in which he started 30 games and was 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The A’s hope that Anderson heals soon because he is fast becoming the ace of the starting rotation.

The Oakland Athletics are getting solid production from unlikely sources

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 April 2010 at 5:36 pm

25-year old lefty swinging RF Ryan Sweeney and 24-year old lefty swinging 1B Daric Barton are both off to fast starts this season. Sweeney has played in 19 games for the A’s this season and he is 22 of 72 (.306 avg, .742 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 4 doubles and 11 RBIs. Sweeney doesn’t have a homer yet at RF is traditionally a power position but as long as he keeps hitting .300 and playing good defense he will be a asset to the A’s. Daric Barton is also off to a good start this season without showing much power. Barton has played in 20 games for the A’s this year and he is 20 for 61 (.328 avg, .914 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 doubles and 7 RBIs. Between them Barton & Sweeney have walked 29 times while only whiffing 18 times so they are showing great plate discipline so far this season. The A’s are going to need Barton & Sweeney to keep up the good work if they are going to contend in the A.L. West this season.

The Oakland Athletics place Travis Buck on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 5:24 pm

The A’s have placed outfielder Travis Buck on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He has played in 11 games for the A’s this season and he is 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .699 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The A’s have recalled 28-year old righty swinging Matt Carson to replace Buck on the roster. Carson has played in 14 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 20 for 56 (.357 avg, .864 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see what Carson does this time around for the A’s. He played in 10 games for the A’s in his first taste of the majors last season in which he was 6 for 21 (.286 avg, .702 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.

The Oakland Athletics DFA Jai Miller

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 5:17 pm

The A’s have designated 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Jai Miller for assignment. Miller played in 10 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 4 for 34 (.118 avg, .307 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Miller was clearly overmatched in AAA as he whiffed 19 times this season which caused the A’s to give up on him. The A’s didn’t give up anything to take a chance on Miller so they won’t lose any sleep watching him leave for nothing. The A’s needed Miller’s roster spot for outfielder Matt Carson who was brought up from AAA to replace Travis Buck who was placed on the D.L. today.

UPDATE: (4/26/2010) - The Royals have claimed Jai Miller off waivers.

The Oakland Athletics place Mark Ellis on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 5:01 pm

The A’s brought starting 2B Mark Ellis back too quick from a hamstring injury (strained left hammy) and he re-injured it and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Ellis has played in 8 games for the A’s this season and he is 10 for 31 (.323 avg, .769 OPS) with 8 runs scored and 3 RBIs. He will be missed for his hard nose play and his defense. Adam Rosales will replace Ellis as the starting 2B while he is out of action. Rosales has played in 11 games this season for the A’s and he is 8 for 31 (.258 avg, .722 OPS) with 7 runs scored and 7 RBIs. I expect him to do a solid job until Ellis comes back. The A’s have recalled 28-year old switch hitting catcher Landon Powell to replace Ellis on the active roster. He has played in 6 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 5 for 23 (.217 avg, .715 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Powell was the A’s backup catcher last season and I’m sure that he will do a decent job while he is up.

Andrew Bailey is going to rack up a lot of saves for the Oakland Athletics this season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by Andrew on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 4:38 pm

Andrew Bailey is coming off an outstanding 2009 season for the Oakland Athletics, where he was selected as the American League’s Rookie of the Year.  In his impressive rookie campaign, Bailey went 6-3 with 26 saves in 30 chances (87%) and had a 1.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 91 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 83.1 innings pitched.  Bailey is looking to avoid the “sophomore slump” this season, and although he only has 1 save so far he is off to a great start.  He has had only one save opportunity through the first 15 games for the A’s, who are 9-6 thus far.  Bailey has yet to give up a run in the 4.0 innings he has pitched in 5 appearances so far.  Although it is still early, it looks like Bailey will be avoiding that “sophomore slump” and he will start to pile up the saves for the A’s.  As soon as the A’s start getting into more save opportunities for Bailey, expect him to start racking up the saves all season long.  In only his second season, Bailey has already proven to be one of the top closers in the game and he will be an integral part for the A’s run at a division title in the stacked AL West.

The Oakland Athletics are off to a outstanding start this season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:09 pm

The Oakland Athletics are off to a 9-5 start this season which has them in first place in the A.L. West, 2.5 games ahead of both the Angels and Mariners. The A’s have gotten great pitching and better hitting than they expected as they have outscored opponents 62-47 this season. The Yankees come in for a 3-game set in Oakland starting tomorrow so we will get a chance to judge them against the defending World Champions. The Indians come in for a 3-game set over the weekend. We will see if the A’s are in first place after this week.

Dallas Braden has been lights out for the Oakland Athletics so far this season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:05 pm

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Dallas Braden has been awesome so far this season for the A’s. Braden has started 3 games for the A’s this season and he is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Braden has really been aggressive in the strike zone as he has only walked 3 batters in 20 innings this season. He is also missing bats as he has 16 whiffs and he has only allowed 12 hits this year. The A’s are one of the surprise teams of baseball so far this season and Braden is a big part of that.

Travis Buck needs to put up or shut up for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 7:35 am

Outfielder Travis Buck was whining all spring about how he hasn’t gotten a fair shake in Oakland. He’s getting the chance to play right now so he needs to start playing better. He has played in 9 games for the A’s so far this season and he is 4 for 25 (.160 avg, .540 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Buck will only keep his job until Coco Crisp is ready to return from injury so if he wants to stay in Oakland it’s time for him to put up or enjoy playing in AAA ball soon.

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