The Oakland A’s have placed 28-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Tyler Ladendorf on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left wrist. Ladendorf has played in 45 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 4 for 48 (.083 avg, .185 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 54 games in his first two years in the majors (both with the A’s) and he is only 8 of 65 (.123 avg, .303 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. I don’t see why the A’s keep giving Ladendorf chances, as he is a horrible hitter.
The Oakland A’s have called up 24-year old righty swinging 2B Chad Pinder. Pinder came into this season as the A’s #7 prospect according to Baseball America. Pinder played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 110 of 426 (.258 avg, .735 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Pinder has played in 360 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 405 of 1,446 (.280 avg, .782 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 45 homers, 200 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Pinder will get a shot to replace Jed Lowrie (out for the season due to injury) as the starting 2B for the A’s for the rest of the way in 2016, if he can handle it.
35-year old righty closer Ryan Madson has been having a rough time lately for the Oakland A’s. He has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) since June 1st for the A’s and he is 2-3 with 13 saves, a 4.44 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Madson has pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the A’s and he is 4-4 with 25 saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 45 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 39 batters in his first 48 2/3 innings for the A’s so far this year. The A’s would probably be better served to use Madson as a set-up man and give Ryan Dull a shot to close.
30-year old righty starter/reliever Ross Detwiler had a very impressive debut for the Oakland A’s last night. He was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 win over the impressive Baltimore Orioles. He held their potent lineup to a measly 6 hits and no walks or runs while whiffing 2 batters in 8 innings pitched! He has now pitched in 8 games (1 start) overall this year for the A’s and Indians in which he is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Detwiler has pitched in 181 games (77 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 22-37 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The A’s are going to give Detwiler a chance to get his career going back in the right direction.
The Oakland A’s have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Patrick Schuster for assignment. Schuster pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He gave up 9 hits, 8 runs (all earned) and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings pitched. He also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with 7 saves, a 1.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. They could very well lost Schuster on waivers, despite him getting lit up for the A’s, because he is a young lefty reliever.
UPDATE: (8/12/2016) – The Oakland A’s have lost Patrick Schuster on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies.
21-year old righty starting pitcher Casey Meisner came into this season as the Oakland A’s #9 prospec according to Baseball America. He is a tall pitcher at 6’7″, 190 pounds and he has been having control problems for the first time in his minor league career in 2016. He has pitched in 23 games (15 starts) in A-ball for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-12 with 1 save, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Meisner has given up 107 hits and 47 walks while whiffing 76 batters in his first 96 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year. He has now pitched in 71 games (57 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 19-23 with 1 save, a 3.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has given up 326 hits and 115 walks while whiffing 284 batters in his first 337 1/3 innings in the minors so far in his career. If Meisner can tighten up his control a bit, he will get back on the right track for the A’s.
The Oakland A’s have called up 35-year old righty starter/reliever Chris Smith. Smith pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He gave up 120 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 121 batters in his 130 2/3 innings in the minors for the A’s this year. Smith last pitched in the show way back in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Smith has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
The Oakland A’s have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right extensor muscle. Gray has pitched in 21 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has given up 132 hits (18 homers) and 42 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his first 116 innings for the A’s so far this year, as he has been getting hit really hard. Since July 1st, Gray has started 7 games for the A’s in which he is 2-5 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Gray has now pitched in 97 games (95 starts) in his first four years with the A’s and he is 38-31 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Gray has looked nothing like the pitcher he was last year (All-Star, 3rd in Cy Young voting) or the first three years of his career. Maybe the A’s should bite the bullet and shut hit down for an extended rest in an effort to get him healthy. It’s not like the A’s are going to the playoffs this year.
The Oakland A’s have placed 32-year old switch-hitting 2B Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4th, due to a bunion on his left foot. If he has surgery on it, it will end his 2016 season. Lowrie has played in 87 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 89 of 338 (.263 avg, .637 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 2 homers and 27 RBIs. 25-year old lefty swinging Max Muncy will likely take over as the A’s starting 2B until Lowrie returns to action. Muncy has played in 19 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 12 of 47 (.255 avg, .725 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. The A’s have called up 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Brett Eibner to replace Lowrie on the active roster. Eibner played in 4 games in AAA-ball for the A’s after coming over from the Royals in deal for Billy Burns, and he was 4 for 13 (.308 avg, 1.192 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.
UPDATE: (8/16/2016) – The A’s have lost Jed Lowrie for the rest of the 2016 season after having surgery to remove the bunion from his left foot.
30-year old righty swinging DH/1B Billy Butler was getting phased out early this year by the Oakland A’s, but he is heating up lately. Since June 1st, Butler has played in 38 games for the A’s in which he is 34 of 102 (.333 avg) with 17 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. Butler has now played in 70 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 51 of 179 (.285 avg, .769 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 4 homers and 27 RBIs. The A’s will keep giving Butler a lot of P.T. as long as he keeps raking at the plate.