A.J. Griffin experiences minor setback in rehab work

The Oakland Athletics activated right-hander A.J. Griffin from the disabled list less than two weeks ago in hopes that he'd be able to rejoin the pitching staff sometime in early July. That could still happen, though Griffin - who is nearly returned from a lengthy time off recovering from 2014 Tommy John surgery - has now experienced something of a setback with Triple-A Nashville...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday, June 21st: Matt Chapman’s 11th HR Helps Ports Win 9th Straight while A.J. Griffin Lands on DL & Sean Nolin Struggles as Sounds Drop 5th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Matt Chapman (Home Run / GWRBI)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Bakersfield Blaze  2 Stockton Ports    3 WP – Bracewell 3-1 / 3.08 HR – Chapman (11) Farmhand Of The Game: Third Baseman Matt Chapman (Home Run / GWRBI) With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th, third baseman Matt Chapman smacked his 11th home run of...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Thursday, June 18th: Chris Jensen Delivers Strong Start in Hounds Win while A.J. Griffin & Raul Alcantara Make Strides in Return from TJ Surgery

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) GAME #1 Midland RockHounds  4 San Antonio Missions    1 WP – Jensen 5-5 / 4.89 HR – Nunez (9), Blair (5) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Chris Jensen (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win) Starter Chris Jensen turned in his second straight strong...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Will McHugh Turn It Around?

Submit a question to be answered on the show! In Episode 216, Professors Adam Nodiff (@Anodbaseball) Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are back to discuss fantasy baseball action and answer some listener questions. Topics include: Thoughts on A.J. Griffin and other pitchers returning for injury Expectations for recent call-ups Bryon Buxton and Francisco Lindor Whether Collin McHugh...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

A's activate, option Griffin - Doolittle set to miss more time

The Oakland Athletics made a roster move on Saturday that has ramifications for the team's pitching staff: right-hander A.J. Griffin was activated from the 60-day disabled list and reliever Sean Doolittle was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day D.L. Griffin, returning from 2014 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. A's manager...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Friday, June 12th: Sandber Pimentel Slugs 10th HR in Snappers’ Extra-Inning Win while A.J. Griffin Struggles in 1st Rehab Start for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers First Baseman Sandber Pimentel (Home Run / 2 RBIs)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) Beloit Snappers              4 Bowling Green Hot Rods  3 WP – Huber 2-3 / 3.09 HR – Pimentel (10), Gilbert (4) Farmhand Of The Game: First Baseman Sandber Pimentel (Home Run / 2 RBIs) Although outfielder Justin Higley had the big hit for Beloit...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin gets closer to rejoining A's

Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin continues making strides as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery that cost him his 2014 season. This Friday, Griffin will have another rehab start with Triple-A Nashville, and, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, he'll have 'at least' two more rehab starts after that prior to rejoining the A's sometime between...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday, June 7th: Brett Graves Gets 6th Win for Snappers while Renato Nunez Hits 6th HR in Hounds’ Loss & A.J. Griffin Impresses for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Brett Graves (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) Lake County Captains  2 Beloit Snappers          5 WP – Graves 6-0 / 4.14 HR – Kuhn (3) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Brett Graves (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K / Win) Last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s, RHP Brett Graves,...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday, June 2nd: Josh Whitaker’s Big Blast Helps Hounds Win while A.J. Griffin Is Solid in 1st Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Josh Whitaker (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  6 Tulsa Drillers                  5 WP – Wahl 1-0 / 4.07 HR – Whitaker (5), Healy (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Josh Whitaker (3 for 5 / Home Run / Double / 2 RBIs) With the game tied in the top of the...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Griffin on the mend, begins rehab stint Tuesday

Oakland Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin appears to be entering the final stretch of his rehabilitation from a Tommy John operation (and an additional delay caused by shoulder soreness), as he'll begin a rehab stint with the Single-A Stockton Ports on Tuesday.  As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported, that means that barring any more setbacks, Griffin could ...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Four injured A's take steps toward getting back on the field

A group of Oakland Athletics saddled with varying degrees of injuries all made a bit of progress this week, the same week the A's welcomed Sean Doolittle back into the bullpen.Joe Stiglich of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area summed up the injury roundup with a rundown of each player's situation. Specifically: Lefty Sean O'Flaherty, dealing with a strained shoulder, made his first rehab...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Griffin's rehab setback might put A's pitching situation in a bind

The Oakland A's were cautiously optimistic that they would get right-handers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin back sometime in the first few months of the season, but that doesn't seem like anything close to a 'sure thing' at the moment.Both pitchers, rehabbing from Tommy John operations last season, have suffered setbacks over the past few days. Parker left his Friday rehab outing...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker Takes Huge Step In Tommy John Recovery

It’s been more than 13 months since Jarrod Parker tore the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his elbow for a second time, ending his hyped 2014 season before it could even start. At the time the injury had been a huge blow to both Jarrod, and the Oakland A’s who were expecting him to lead their rotation during the upcoming season. But thankfully he’s back now and on a rehab assignment...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Injured Pitchers Who Will Impact the 2nd Half

Baseball is finally back and with it comes another exciting season of fantasy baseball. By now most managers have drafted their teams and are locked and loaded with a roster that they’re sure is championship bound. But while it would definitely be nice to draft a “set and forget” team where victory is ensured straight out of the draft, we all know that it can never really happen...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland's Parker, Griffin looking ahead to June, not April

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Two of the pitchers at spring training with the Oakland Athletics are getting ready for June, not April. Right-handers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are both coming off Tommy John surgery, Parker for the second time. Parker had elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time on March 24, following an initial operation in October 2009, when he was with Arizona...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

A's agree with RHP Jesse Chavez on one-year, $2.15M deal

  Right-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $2.15 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Chavez stepped in as a key member of the rotation in 2014 when projected starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin were each lost for the year to elbow injuries that required surgery. Chavez, 31, went 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA with 21 starts and 32 appearances...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jesse Chavez, Athletics agree to $2.15 million deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $2.15 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Chavez stepped in as a key member of the rotation in 2014 when projected starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin were each lost for the year to elbow injuries that required surgery. Chavez, 31, went 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA with 21...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Rise of the Los Angeles Angels

It was supposed to be Oakland’s division to lose, remember? It was always supposed to be Oakland. Then one day, the Los Angeles Angels decided they finally wanted to play to their level of potential, and then some, clinching the AL West on Wednesday. I had Oakland winning the West this season, as did many people around the country, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Low-budget A’s make big-market play

On some Major League teams this year Tommy Milone, with his six wins and 3.55 ERA, would be approaching the level of Ace.  On this year’s Oakland Athletics squad, even with season-ending injuries to AJ Griffin and Jarrod Parker, he has been reduced,  to the role of Triple-A insurance policy. The A’s have been the league’s most dominant team this year, at least according to...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The streaking A’s

With all of the parody in the MLB of today, it is not always the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Reds making news or winning ball games. Teams are starting to shows us that you may not need a huge payroll to compete or perhaps even finish with the league’s best record.  The Oakland A’s are atop the AL West with the MLB’s 2nd best record at (39-26). Baseball’s most...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy John discusses his famous namesake surgery

It’s no secret that just about every team in Major League Baseball has a pitcher that is going under the knife for the infamous Tommy John surgery. So what did the guy who’s name stems from the surgery have to say about it? According to Yahoo Sports, Tommy John says… I think what these kids do in youth baseball can lead to Tommy John surgery…If you have your kid’s best...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The financial cost of Tommy John surgery to young pitchers

Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are […]
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

It's Time We Start Respecting Sonny Gray

When the 2014 season began, the Oakland Athletics look poised to repeat as AL West champions for the third year in a row. Then season-ending injuries to A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker occurred before a pitch was thrown. This left 24-year-old Sonny Gray to carry on as their 'ace' alongside what could be labeled as a makeshift rotation – a good one at that. So far, he's done...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Struggles Against Mariners Continue, Jesse Chavez handed 1st Loss

Following an impressive April in which Jesse Chavez was a revelation for the A’s filling into a rotation vacated by the injured Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, the 30-year old righty struggled to keep his success going in first start of May. Chavez had compiled a 2-0 record with a mind-blowing 1.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 38 innings pitched, spanning six starts. He was tied...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jesse Chavez: The Out-Of-Nowhere Man

It’s been said umpteen times by baseball scribes, coaches, and front office types alike that you can never have too much pitching. The 2014 Oakland A’s seem determined to put that adage to the test. The A’s were projected to finish at or near the top of the American League West by most pundits in the preseason, but that was before starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin went...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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