Oakland A’s — as of April 26, 2017

2017/04/30

Up:

     Jaff Decker, OF: April 26 – Not only has Jaff Decker been added to the roster in place of the injured Rajai Davis but he’s been able to show what he can do, too. As a result, he’s starting in CF almost every day and hitting at the top of the batting order.

With Davis due back in about a week, though, it will be interesting to see what that does to Becker’s prospects.

     Adam Rosales, SS, 2B, OF: April 26With Marcus Semien out of action for two months or so, Adam Rosales is seeing a significant uptick in value. He’s started at SS in every game since Semien’s injury. In the 11 games prior to that, he had started 3 games at 2B and 1 in LF – but none at SS.

However, his increased value is limited by the fact that he almost always bats in the #9 position in the batting order. He’s started 10 games there versus 1 in the leadoff spot, 2 at #2 and 1 at #8.

     Ryan Madson, RP: April 26 – Even though Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolittle seem secure in the top two bullpen roles, Ryan Madson’s strong performance is putting a little pressure on them. With 2 Holds and 1 Save, plus a 2.25 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, he’s also putting some distance between himself and his competition, including Ryan Dull and Liam Hendricks.

Down:

     Matt Joyce, OF: April 26 – Matt Joyce has not received as much playing time as expected, probably because of his .161 Batting Average and .290 Slugging mark. He’s started only 14 out of 21 games in RF.

In addition, he’s moved down in the batting order. After beginning the year at #2, with a few games at leadoff, most of his time these days is spent at either #8 or #7.

     Jed Lowrie, 2B: April 26 – Jed Lowrie may be seeing a slight decrease in value despite a recent improvement in his batting stats. Over a 7 game period between April 17 and 24, he went 11-for-21, with 1 HR and 6 RBI. However, in the next two games, he was 0-for-10, with 6 Ks. He’s seen more time at the #2 post recently than in his normal #3 spot.

In:

     Jesse Hahn, SP, RP: Apr 14 – 5:02 AM (Rotoworld) — Jesse Hahn turned in a quality start in yesterday’s loss to the Royals, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

Hahn struck out seven and walked two on the evening. The Royals hit him up for a pair of runs in the first inning courtesy of RBI singles by Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez. Brandon Moss’ third-inning sacrifice fly would polish of the scoring on Hahn’s line.

Over his first two starts this season, the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched respectably enough, allowing five runs on 13 hits over 12 frames. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.

     Apr 9 – 1:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Jesse Hahn will start on Thursday, April 13, versus the Royals.

He’s taking Raul Alcantara’s spot in the rotation. Hahn relieved a struggling Alcantara on Friday, April 7, and allowed two runs over six innings of work, showing a fastball that touched 98 mph. The righty posted a 6.02 ERA over nine starts with the A’s last season but he has certainly flashed upside before with his velocity uptick.

     Apr 5 – 4:57 PM (Rotoworld) — A’s recalled RHP Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville.

Hahn was sent down at the end of spring training but, with John Axford now sidelined due to a shoulder injury, he will join the big league club to add a little pitching depth.

      Kendall Graveman, SP: Apr 26 – 9:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Kendall Graveman will be on a “slightly” reduced pitch count when he returns from the disabled list tomorrow against the Angels.

Graveman only missed one turn through the rotation while nursing a strained shoulder. The A’s are going to be cautious with him in his first start back but it won’t be long until the training wheels come off.

     Apr 25 – 6:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Kendall Graveman (shoulder) threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session yesterday.

Graveman reported no day-after discomfort today and is on track to return to the Oakland rotation Thursday, April 27, in Anaheim. The 26-year-old right-hander was sporting an excellent 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts (18 innings) this season, showing improved fastball velocity. This shoulder issue will hopefully be a minor blip.

     Apr 23 – 2:33 PM (Rotoworld) — Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session tomorrow and is on track to start Thursday, April 27, in Anaheim.

Graveman went on the disabled list a week ago with a shoulder injury, but the move has looked precautionary from the beginning, as the righty resumed throwing a day after going on the DL. The righty has put up a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts and should be started in deeper fantasy leagues this week.

     Apr 17 – 7:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Kendall Graveman (shoulder) expects to miss just one start.

Graveman landed on the disabled list today with a right shoulder strain but it looks like a precautionary move after he had trouble staying loose in his last start. The righty will play catch today and hopes to throw a bullpen session on Thursday, April 20 or Friday, April 21. He’ll be eligible to return April 25.

     Apr 17 – 4:40 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed RHP Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a right shoulder strain.

Graveman was pulled from his start last Friday, April 14, after throwing just 74 pitches even though he’d allowed only one run. The RHP said after the game that he was having trouble staying loose. While the A’s are calling Graveman’s injury a strained shoulder, some think the club could just be skipping one turn to be safe. He’ll be eligible to return April 25.

     Jaff Decker, OF: Apr 15 – 11:41 AM (Rotoworld) — Athletics purchased the contract of OF Jaff Decker from Triple-A Nashville.

Decker was one of the final cuts of the spring after hitting .313/.421/.438 in Cactus League action. He continued his hot-hitting at Triple-A, hitting .387/.472/.452 in his first eight games, earning a call to the show. He’s taking the roster spot of Mark Canha who has been sent to the minors.

      Chad Pinder, 2B, SS, DH: Apr 16 – 12:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics recalled INF Chad Pinder from Triple-A Nashville.

Pinder should see plenty of playing time at shortstop while Marcus Semien (wrist) is sidelined. He was off to a .324/.359/.378 start with Nashville.

      Matt Olson, OF: Apr 21 – 6:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics recalled OF Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

The A’s optioned Cesar Valdez back to Triple-A and have the luxury of having a bench bat for an extra couple of days, so Olson will function in that role.

     Ryan LaMarre, OF: Apr 25 – 5:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Nashville.

LaMarre was acquired from the Angels last week for cash considerations. The 28-year-old outfielder is 2-for-30 (.067) in his career at the major league level.

He’s replacing OF Rajai Davis who’s out with a strained left hamstring.

     Apr 23 – 12:08 PM Athletics acquired OF Ryan LaMarre from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations.

LaMarre had been designated for assignment. The 28-year-old has struggled in his brief time in the majors the last two seasons but the A’s need OF depth and LaMarre can play all three spots. For now, though, he’ll be assigned to the A’s minor league affiliate in Nashville.

     Cesar Valdez, RP: Apr 25 – 5:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Nashville.

Valdez gave up three runs over four innings last Thursday, April 20, in a spot start against the Mariners. It looks like he’ll be used as a long man out of the bullpen this time around.

     Apr 21 – 6:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics optioned RHP Cesar Valdez to Triple-A Nashville.

The RHP struggled in a spot start against the Mariners on yesterday and was no longer needed with Kendall Graveman expected to return in time for his next start. He’ll bide his time at Triple-A until the A’s have another need in the rotation.

     Apr 20 – 3:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Nashville.

Valdez will start for the A’s tonight against the Mariners, filling in for the injured Kendall Graveman. Valdez hasn’t appeared in a game at the major league level since 2010. He could be sent back to Triple-A tomorrow.

Out:

     Marcus Semien, SS: Apr 20 – 3:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics transferred SS Marcus Semien from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Semien underwent surgery on Tuesday, April 18, for a fractured scaphoid bone at the base of his right hand and will be out for at least two months. Adam Rosales has taken over as the A’s primary SS. Chad Pinder is also in the mix for playing time at SS in Oakland and top prospect Franklin Barreto is waiting in the wings at Triple-A Nashville.

     Apr 19 – 12:20 AM (Rotoworld) — Marcus Semien underwent right wrist surgery yesterday as scheduled.

He had a screw inserted into the fractured scaphoid bone at the base of his right hand. Semien will be shut down for at least six weeks and is likely going to miss at least two months of games. Adam Rosales has been filling in at SS for Oakland and Chad Pinder is also an option there. This situation could rush the arrival of top prospect Franklin Barreto.

     Apr 17 – 6:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Marcus Semien will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a fracture of the scaphoid bone in his right wrist.

Semien will have a screw inserted into his wrist and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, at which point a clearer timetable for his return will be known. The SS had actually suffered the injury late in spring training but obviously felt it was something he could play through. Adam Rosales has started the last three games at SS for the A’s but Chad Pinder is also around and could get a look. Top prospect Franklin Barreto is off to a .310/.375/.524 start at Triple-A Nashville and might eventually be an option.

     Apr 16 – 12:00 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed SS Marcus Semien on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a right wrist contusion.

Semien has been battling a bone bruise on his wrist since the end of spring training and the A’s have finally decided to give him some extended rest. There would seem to be a good chance that he’ll be ready for activation when his 10 days are up. Chad Pinder has replaced him on the roster and he could see most of the starts at SS although Adam Rosales might also be in the mix.

     Apr 15 – 9:36 PM (Rotoworld) — Marcus Semien’s MRI revealed a bone contusion on his right wrist.

Semien will go for a CT scan on Monday, April 17. It’s an injury Semien has been dealing with since the end of spring training and might explain his sluggish start (.171 AVG with no homers in 35 at-bats). While the initial diagnosis looks good, there’s no guarantee Semien will avoid the disabled list. Adam Rosales started in his place today against Houston.

     Apr 15 – 3:46 PM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Marcus Semien underwent an MRI today on his sore right wrist.

It’s an issue that has been bothering Semien for awhile, although he has been able to play through it. He had been feeling it on swings but it started to affect him while throwing during yesterday’s game. Expect an update on his status after the A’s get the results of that MRI.

     Rajai Davis, OF: Apr 25 – 5:48 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed OF Rajai Davis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a left hamstring strain.

It’s not a severe strain but the A’s will take advantage of the new 10-day disabled list to get Davis some needed rest.

     Apr 23 – 1:36 PM (Rotoworld) — Rajai Davis (hamstring) remained out of the Athletics’ lineup today.

It will be a third straight start that he’s missed due to a tight left hamstring. Davis worked out prior to yesterday’s game and presumably will prior to today’s game, as well, so it appears he’s close to returning.

     Apr 22 – 1:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Rajai Davis (hamstring) is again absent from the A’s starting lineup for today’s game against the Mariners.

Jaff Decker is drawing another start in CF and is batting ninth for the A’s while Adam Rosales slides up to the leadoff spot. If Davis isn’t ready to return tomorrow, it would not be surprising to see the A’s place him on the disabled list.

     Apr 21 – 8:04 PM (Rotoworld) — Rajai Davis (hamstring) is not in the Athletics’ starting lineup today.

A’s skipper Bob Melvin said that the speedy OF will need a couple of days before returning to the lineup. There’s a chance that they could wind up placing him on the disabled list if he doesn’t progress quickly. Jaff Decker is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the A’s today against the Mariners.

     Jake Smolinski, OF, DH: Apr 20 – 7:33 PM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski (shoulder) is out of his sling and has resumed light weight work.

Smolinski is still at least 11 weeks away from throwing. He was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list and obviously won’t be pitching for Oakland any time soon.

     Apr 15 – 11:53 AM  (Rotoworld) — Athletics transferred OF Jake Smolinski to the 60-day disabled list

Smolinski is dealing with a right shoulder injury and still has no clear timetable for recovery. This was merely a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Jaff Decker.

     Apr 1 – 9:33 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed OF Jake Smolinski on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

He’s a little over two weeks removed from shoulder surgery. With Smolinski down for the count, Mark Canha will handle fourth OF duties behind starters Khris Davis, Rajai Davis and Matt Joyce.

     Mar 17 – 12:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski had his labrum repaired and a bursectomy procedure during his shoulder surgery yesterday.

Smolinski will be in a sling for four weeks and probably won’t be an option in the A’s OF until June at the earlier. He was a favorite to win the last spot on the team’s bench. Alejandro De Aza is one option there now but the A’s could grab someone on waivers at the end of the month.

     Mar 14 – 1:14 PM (Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski will undergo surgery on his right shoulder.

Smolinksi has been bothered by the issue all spring and it simply hasn’t responded as hoped. The exact nature of the problem isn’t entirely clear, so more should be known about a timetable after the surgery. His absence means that Alejandro De Aza and Jaff Decker will compete for the fifth OF job.

     Mar 11 – 7:37 PM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski is expected to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.

Smolinski wasn’t in the lineup for yesterday’s Cactus League game against Texas. Even when Smolinski has played this spring, he’s been limited to DHing. Smolinski’s shoulder issue was originally thought to be minor but the MRI suggests it could be getting worse.

     Mar 4 – 12:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski will serve as the Athletics’ DH on Monday, March 6.

Smolinski has been cleared for hitting but is unable to play the field due to his shoulder. He’s in the mix for a reserve OF job this spring.

     Feb 26 – 1:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Jake Smolinski is not able to play the field yet due to a right shoulder issue.

Smolinski is able to hit, so he can serve as DH. However, it could be a while before he’s cleared for full-time duty. He’s competing for a reserve outfielder job with the A’s this spring.

     Joe Wendle, 2B: Apr 18 – 7:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Joey Wendle (shoulder) will report to Triple-A Nashville tomorrow.

Wendle is recovered from the shoulder injury that cost him much of spring training. He’ll be activated from the major league disabled list and officially optioned to Triple-A.

     Apr 15 – 6:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Joey Wendle (shoulder) has been swinging a bat and throwing.

Wendle has resumed baseball activities after getting a cortisone shot a few weeks ago. When healthy, the A’s will likely stash Wendle in Triple-A, though he should earn a few call-ups throughout the year.

     Apr 1 – 9:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed 2B Joey Wendle on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Shoulder soreness has kept Wendle sidelined since early March. The A’s are waiting to see how he responds to a cortisone shot. Wendle logged 96 at-bats as a September call-up last year.

     Mar 29 – 1:22 PM (Rotoworld) — Joey Wendle (shoulder) will stay behind in extended spring training.

Wendle has been dealing with a sore shoulder for most of the month and will receive a cortisone shot later this week. He’s set to open the year on the 10-day disabled list.

     Mar 27 – 1:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Joe Wendle (shoulder) took regular batting practice today in A’s camp.

It was the first BP round in a while for the 26-year-old infielder, who’s been held out of Cactus League action since March 7 due to a shoulder injury. He figures to open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

     Mar 23 – 1:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Joe Wendle (shoulder) is scheduled to play catch today for the first time in more than a week.

Wendle has been held out of Cactus League action since March 7 because of a shoulder injury. A recent MRI showed no structural issues but the 26-year-old probably won’t make Oakland’s roster anyway.

     Sonny Gray, SP: Apr 23 – 2:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Nashville next Thursday, April 27.

Gray was terrific in his first outing yesterday at High-A Stockton, allowing only one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings. He threw 47 pitches in that start and will get his pitch count up to 75 Thursday. Assuming everything goes well, Gray will rejoin the A’s rotation after that.

     Apr 23 – 9:03 AM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) yielded just one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A Stockton yesterday.

Gray didn’t walk anyone, throwing 34 of his 47 pitches for strikes. The veteran RHP had been slated for one more rehab outing before being activated but Saturday’s showing was so good that it’s possible the A’s could go ahead and stick him back into the rotation later this week. Gray is a worthy stash in fantasy leagues where he’s still available.

     Apr 18 – 6:37 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) reported feeling strong today after throwing three innings in an extended spring training game yesterday in Arizona.

“It was a really good day,” said Gray, who threw his entire arsenal and had good velocity readings on his fastball. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. He’s on track to join the Oakland rotation in late April or early May.

     Apr 10 – 1:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) will throw to hitters this coming Thursday, April 13.

Gray was cleared after making it through a bullpen session today with no issues with his lat muscle. Gray will throw two sets of 15 pitches to hitter on Thursday. The A’s will likely want him to go out on a brief minor league rehab assignment but he has a chance to make his season debut by the end of the month.

     Apr 8 – 7:30 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) will throw an “extended” bullpen session on Monday.

Gray has a few hurdles left to clear – he still hasn’t faced hitters yet and can probably expect a short rehab assignment – but he seems to be making solid progress in his recovery from a strained lat.

     Apr 4 – 7:21 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session this afternoon.

Gray used his entire arsenal and reported feeling strong. He’ll throw another 2 to 3 bullpen sessions before advancing to live batting practice and then a minor league rehab assignment. The hope is he’ll be ready to join the A’s rotation in late April.

     Apr 3 – 6:21 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.

It will be his first since he was shut down last month with a strained right lat. Gray resumed a throwing program a week earlier than initially expected, so he’s a little ahead of schedule. Still, obviously, there are multiple hoops to jump through here before we can talk about when he might rejoin the Athletics’ rotation.

     Apr 1 – 9:16 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lat.

Gray strained his lat about a month ago but has made good progress and could resume mound work soon. He’s hoping to return by the end of April.

     Apr 1 – 7:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) threw all his pitches on flat ground today.

It’s another step in the right direction for Gray, who is working his way back from a lat strain he suffered early in spring training. Gray’s next hurdle will be mound work. He’s aiming to rejoin Oakland’s rotation sometime in late April.

     Apr 1 – 12:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) is scheduled to throw off of flat ground today.

Assuming all goes well, he’ll likely progress to throwing off of a mound early in the week. The right-hander is still on track for a return in late April.

     Mar 28 – 1:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) has been throwing at max effort from 105 feet.

Manager Bob Melvin said Gray feels great and is “asking for more.” Despite his progress, the A’s are going to play it safe by not rushing Gray in his recovery from a strained lat. The next step for him will be getting back on mound. Gray’s best-case scenario is a return in mid-April.

     Mar 21 – 5:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray (lat) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Gray was supposed to be shut down for three weeks after being diagnosed with a strained right lat. But he had an MRI at his two-week checkup and, today, he was given the go-ahead to throw from 75 feet. That puts him ahead of schedule, meaning that he could return by mid-April if all goes well rather than the initial late-April projection. It’s good news but Gray remains a question mark after last year’s performance and health struggles coupled with more issues this spring.

     Mar 9 – 12:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Sonny Gray will be shut down for the next three weeks due to a moderate lat strain.

That obviously rules him out for Opening Day and he could be in danger of missing much of April since he will basically have to re-start his throwing program.

     Daniel Mengden, SP: Apr 26 – 9:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Daniel Mengden (foot) threw two sets of 20 pitches during today’s bullpen session.

He’s still recovering from a broken foot he suffered during the off-season. Mengden has kept his arm in shape throughout his rehab and should return to the Oakland starting rotation sooner rather than later.

     Apr 19 – 1:39 PM (Rotoworld) — Daniel Mengden (foot) threw a bullpen session on Monday, April 17, and will throw another tomorrow.

Mengden is taking significant steps in his recovery from a fractured right medial tibial sesamoid bone and could become an option for the Oakland rotation around mid-to-late May. The 24-year-old RHP has posted promising numbers in the minors, though he struggled to a 2-9 record and 6.50 ERA over his first 14 major league starts in 2016.

     Apr 1 – 9:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed RHP Daniel Mengden on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured foot.

Mengden broke a bone in his foot while throwing a bullpen session back in January. He had his walking boot removed on Monday, March 27, but there’s still no timetable for his return. The 24-year-old took his lumps as a rookie, going 2-9 with a hideous 6.50 ERA in 14 starts.

     Mar 24 – 12:56 PM (Rotoworld) — Daniel Mengden will have the walking boot on his right foot removed on Monday, March 27.

Mengden had surgery on his fractured right medial tibial sesamoid bone last month. It’s unclear when he might be game-ready but, obviously, it will be a while.

     Feb 8 – 1:17 PM (Rotoworld) — Daniel Mengden will be in a walking boot for six weeks after undergoing right foot surgery yesterday.

Mengden fractured his medial tibial sesamoid bone in his foot while throwing a bullpen session at home on January 31. It’s unclear how soon he’ll be ready to pitch after shedding the walking boot. The injury makes it more likely that Andrew Triggs will begin the year as the fifth starter. Mengden, who turns 24 this month, posted a 6.50 ERA over 14 starts as a rookie in 2016.

     John Axford, Setup, RP: Apr 25 – 8:44 PM (Rotoworld) — John Axford (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters today that the veteran reliever is feeling good and could begin throwing off a mound during the club’s current road trip. Axford landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a right shoulder strain. If all goes well, he might be ready around mid-to-late May.

     Apr 23 – 10:09 AM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) –John Axford (shoulder) said yesterday that he expects to resume throwing in a few days.

Axford said he felt some soreness while making sock throws Wednesday but he thinks that was mainly because he found it “really awkward.”

“We’re just being a little cautious,” he said. “Next time I throw, it will just be regular throwing on the field, coming up soon. The way things have progressed, it’s been positive, no issues.” Axford isn’t expected back for the A’s until late May.

     Apr 6 – 1:25 PM (Rotoworld) — An MRI on John Axford’s strained right shoulder revealed no structural damage.

Axford felt discomfort in his shoulder while warming up on Tuesday and was placed on the disabled list yesterday. In a more positive development, his MRI showed only the suspected Grade 1 shoulder strain and nothing more ominous. Axford will not be picking up a ball for a week, after which his status will be re-evaluated. There is no concrete timetable for his return at this juncture.

     Apr 5 – 7:15 PM (Rotoworld) — John Axford (shoulder) is undergoing an MRI on his strained right shoulder.

Axford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier today. He initially felt discomfort in his shoulder while warming up during yesterday’s game against the Angels. This MRI should provide a clearer picture of the severity of his injury and how long it might take him to recover. The A’s are hoping that Axford won’t be down for the count for more than a week or so.

     Apr 5 – 4:54 PM (Rotoworld) — A’s placed RHP John Axford on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 2, with a strained right shoulder.

There is no current timetable for Axford’s recovery. The veteran RHP pitched to a 3.97 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 60/30 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 frames with the A’s during the 2016 season. Expect further updates on his health and recovery in the coming days. Jesse Hahn has been called up to take his spot on the roster.

     Chris Bassitt, RP: Apr 26 – 9:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Saturday, April 29.

He’ll throw three innings or 45 pitches – whichever comes first. Bassitt is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and should be back in the big leagues by early June.

     Apr 23 – 12:12 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics transferred RHP Chris Bassitt from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Bassitt is looking at a mid-season return from Tommy John surgery.

     Apr 21 – 7:31 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) is scheduled to throw 45 pitches in a simulated game in Arizona on Monday, April 24.

The right-hander continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Barring any setbacks, he could become an option for the A’s just before the All-Star break.

     Apr 18 – 7:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) is scheduled to throw two simulated innings on tomorrow.

Each inning will run around 15 pitches. Bassitt is working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won’t become an option for the Athletics until mid-to-late June.

     Apr 12 – 11:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) will throw a simulated inning at extended spring training on Friday, April 14.

Bassitt has been working out with High-A Stockton as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. He is unlikely to be ready to contribute for the A’s until June or July, depending on how the remainder of his rehab plays out.

     Apr 10 – 1:59 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw two sets of 15 pitches to hitters yesterday.

Bassitt, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, is currently working out with High-A Stockton. It’s unclear what the next step will be but he’s making encouraging progress. He could rejoin the A’s at some point during the first half.

     Apr 5 – 6:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw 50 pitches on today, half coming off the bullpen mound and half on the field against hitters.

This was the first time Bassitt has started throwing since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May. He will continue his rehab with a similar slate of work on Sunday, April 9. The 28-year-old right-hander could return to action with the A’s in July or thereabouts. His exact timetable figures to be clarified in the coming weeks and months.

     Apr 5 – 12:16 PM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) will throw to hitters today.

Bassitt looks to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could be nearing a rehab assignment. Of course, given the nature of his injury, Bassitt’s rehab stint could last up to a month. Anything the A’s get from Bassitt before the All-Star break will be gravy.

     Apr 1 – 9:20 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics placed RHP Chris Bassitt on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

Bassitt is on the comeback trail after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. He’s been throwing for about two months and remains on track to return around mid-season.

     Mar 28 – 1:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw two sets of 15 pitches off a mound on today.

It’s another step in Bassitt’s recovery from Tommy John surgery.

     Mar 21 – 6:14 PM (Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session today for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Bassitt had the operation last May and has progressed without any setbacks so far during his rehab. He hopes to be an option for the A’s around mid-season.

      Feb 14 – 3:36 PM (San Francisco Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw off the mound today for the first time since Tommy John surgery last May.

Bassitt threw 20 pitches from a distance of 55 feet. He’s been working on his mechanics during his rehab process and hopes to be an option for the A’s at some point around mid-season.

     Bruce Maxwell, C: Apr 20 – 3:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics optioned C Bruce Maxwell to Triple-A Nashville.

Maxwell was only in the majors for a couple days. The 26-year-old may be up and down all season.

     Apr 17 – 4:42 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics recalled C Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville.

Maxwell made a nice impression in his first taste of the big leagues last season with a .283/.337/.402 line over 101 plate appearances. He was off to a slow .208/.296/.375 start at Nashville and will operate as a third catcher for now.

     Raul Alcantara, RP, SP: Apr 25 – 5:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Athletics designated RHP Raul Alcantara for assignment.

Alcantara had a 16.71 ERA through one start and two relief appearances this season for Oakland. The 24-year-old may draw some interest from other teams on waivers.

     Mark Canha, 1B, OF: Apr 15 – 11:39 AM (Rotoworld) — Athletics optioned 1B/OF Mark Canha to Triple-A Nashville.

The 28-year-old was off to a slow start with the A’s, hitting just .105/.150/.158 with six Ks and no walks in 20 plate appearances. He’ll presumably see everyday ABs in the minor leagues in an effort to get back on track.

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