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Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Athletics lineup Thursday.

In typical Cespedes fashion, he clubbed two home runs Wednesday night and then promptly left the game with a sprained thumb. The A's are calling him day-to-day for right now but there seems to be a growing concern that he'll actually need a stint on the DL.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 02:02 PM

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24 Jul, 01:27 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

Scribner will take the roster spot made available by the release of Jim Johnson. He posted a 3.35 ERA with a 13.62 K/9 over 37.2 for Triple-A Sacramento and should slot into a fairly low-leverage relief situation.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 12:59 PMSource

The Oakland Athletics have released RP Jim Johnson.

While on the surface this may be big news, it's actually been a long time coming. Johnson has been a $10 million disaster this season, posting a 6.92 ERA with a 2.06 WHIP. He'll likely catch on with another team maybe looking for a reclamation project, but his fantasy value is at zero as he's not picking up any save chances or high-leverage situations anytime soon.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 12:56 PMSource

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Analyst: Jeff Mans  View Profile

17 Jul, 07:49 PMSource

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeouts against the Astros on Wednesday and earned his 15th save of the season.

Doolittle picked up his first save of the second half with another strong, scoreless performance. He's now thrown 7.1 innings here in July and allowed just one run, lowering his ERA to 2.70 and improving his K:BB to 67:3 over a total of 46.2 innings this season. The breakout season continues and Doolittle's performance is a huge part of Oakland's success this season.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 08:36 AM

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Astros on Wednesday.

Chavez took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before the Astros finally broke through against him. While he only walked two and fanned seven, he still needed 103 pitches (60 strikes) as the Astros hitters fouled a total of 19 pitches off of him and he was unable to finish out the sixth inning. While Chavez has maintained a solid 3.14 ERA, it's worth noting that he hasn't made it past the sixth inning in any of his last five starts or in 11 of his last 12. We'd like to see him go deeper into games, especially if he's going to get hit around a little more often as the season progresses. He'll face these same Astros next week for his next outing.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 08:33 AM

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice in four at-bats Wednesday before be lifted in the seventh inning with an apparent thumb injury.

Cespedes did not stick around to talk to the media after Wednesday's win over the Astros. He appeared to injure his thumb/hand when he jammed his hand into the ground bracing himself after taking a ferocious swing at a pitch in the seventh inning. For now all fantasy owners can do is hope for the best until the team releases more information on Thursday, but seeing as the A's wrap up their home series against the Astros with a day game there is a good chance he could get the day off, if for anything just as a precaution.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

24 Jul, 03:31 AMSource

Brandon Moss on his biceps stinger that occurred late in Wednesday's win over the Astros, "It went numb, and it scared me. But it's fine."

Moss hyperextended his arm making a tag, which caused him to lose some feeling in his hand for a few moments, but was able to stay in the game. He finished the evening with a base hit in five at-bats to extend his current hitting streak to seven games.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

24 Jul, 02:38 AM

Update: Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) could return as soon as Sunday.

Callaspo has appeared in 83 games for the Athletics this season hitting .234 with 29 runs, three home runs and 31 RBI. If CAllaspo is activated he would rejoin the Athletics as they end their series against Texas.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

23 Jul, 09:35 PMSource

Kyle Blanks (calf) says he's doing better. Manager Bob Melvin said yesterday Blanks is at least a week away from a rehab assignment.

A recent MRI revealed a small tear in his calf, which lengthened his time on the DL. He was placed on the disabled list on June 23rd, and is still likely far off from returning.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

23 Jul, 06:40 PMSource

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