It's a hamstring strain for Barton. #Athletics
Norris (back spasms) probably out until at least Monday, Melvin says.
Francisco Rodriguez, coming off TJ, threw a simulated game Friday and said he felt great. Unlikely he'll get in live game this spring, tho.
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have renewed the contract of third baseman Josh Donaldson for 2014 at a league-minimum salary of $500,000, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. Last season, Donaldson made $492,500, which was just a bit above the then-minimum figure of $490,000. Heyman has learned that the A's..." March 08
ESPN.com "While major leaguers are preparing in Arizona and Florida for the 2014 season, Manny Ramirez has set up his own training camp at a community park in the Miami area of Hialeah. The 41-year-old doesn't have a team, but he keeps the word "retirement" out of his mind for now. Ramirez, a veteran..." March 07
San Francisco Chronicle "When the A's deepened their bullpen in the offseason, the common thinking was the competent relief corps would take pressure off the young starters. No need to push themselves to pitch deep into games. To which the rotation has a response: Don't worry about us. "It's not like, 'I can go..." March 05
#Athletics C John Jaso (HBP above right elbow Weds.) could DH second half of today's game. Still having a little throwing, though.
CSN Chicago "The White Sox traded utility man Jake Elmore to the Oakland A’s on Thursday for cash considerations. The White Sox designated Elmore for assignment on Wednesday when they claimed right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto off waivers from Kansas City. Elmore joined the White Sox in November when they..." February 28
San Francisco Chronicle "Newest A's reliever Jim Johnson is something of a Superman type, a man of action beloved by all; not a bad thing for a closer. He's worked as a volunteer fireman, has appeared in a popular TV show, is a wine connoisseur and does an immense amount of community work, much of it with no fanfare...." February 28
Oakland Tribune "The A's will hold out outfielder Craig Gentry for the next 10 days as he deals with back pain. Manager Bob Melvin said Gentry will spend the next week and half doing core work and won't be on the field doing normal baseball drills. "He's not where the training staff would like to see him be..." February 26
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
Fansided "Whether or not you want to hear about Major League Baseball players’ weight and fitness this time of year, most of them will insist that it is important to how well they hold up over the length of a long 162 game season. Take Oakland A’s pitcher A.J. Griffin. He feels that he was running out of..." February 23
MLB.com "Sam Fuld is just a pest, Bob Melvin says. That's why the A's made him theirs on a Minor League deal this month. "He's a smart player who can play all the positions and knows how to play in a role-type position, so therefore was a target of ours," said Melvin. "As you've seen last year and..." February 23
San Francisco Chronicle "Yoenis Céspedes' offseason workouts left him 15 pounds heavier and just might help prevent some of the nagging injuries that might have led to his sophomore slump. Céspedes' trainer, Adam Brush, said by phone from Boca Raton, Fla., that they worked on improving areas where Céspedes had injuries..." February 23
Fernando Rodriguez, coming back from TJ surgery, looks so good in #Athletics camp that Bob Melvin wants to use him in game. But they won't.
CSN Bay Area "As he sat at a table eating breakfast Wednesday, Addison Russell looked just like any other young prospect trying to fit into the Oakland A’s clubhouse. Of course, he’s not just any prospect. He knows that. The A’s know that. And anyone who has watched the highly touted shortstop knows..." February 20
San Francisco Chronicle "When the A's traded for Craig Gentry, one major reason was because of Coco Crisp's value. When Crisp was unavailable, the dropoff to the next option was the biggest gap on the team. Exposure, the A's call it. They have advanced metrics to analyze it, and to limit it they dealt outfield prospect..." February 19
San Francisco Gate "The A’s have no more unsigned arbitration-eligible players – Josh Reddick has agreed to a $2.7 million deal. Reddick had requested $3.25 million in his arbitration filing, while the A’s offered $2 million. A hearing was set for next Wednesday, but as I mentioned this morning on the Drumbeat,..." February 16
Melvin says Humber can start and relieve. He'll be in the swing man mix with Lindblom, Milone, Pomeranz, Chavez.
Fansided "Amidst ankle injuries, shoulder inflammations, knee surgeries, and rehab starts, one Oakland Athletics pitcher has a different sort of ailment. Recently acquired starter Drew Pomeranz was slated to throw a bullpen session today, but a random problem is sidelining him, according to the San..." February 15
CBSSports.com "The Athletics lost Grant Balfour to free agency this offseason, but they still beefed up their bullpen with the Luke Gregerson, Eric O'Flaherty and Jim Johnson acquisitions. That relief depth will be tested early in camp because two of the club's setup men are already dealing with injury..." February 15
Fernando Rodriguez, one year removed from TJ surgery, might not pitch in a spring game but is scheduled for simulated/controlled games.
Fansided "Shoulder inflammation seems to be the pitching ailment of the spring, and it’s only one day old. As the Mariners, Phillies, and other teams report issues with pitchers suffering from arm injuries, the Athletics have joined that mix as they announce that reliever Ryan Cook is suffering from..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
CSN Bay Area "The A’s enter the 2014 season in the spot they most prefer, feeling more like the hunter than the hunted. It’s remarkable they can adopt this mentality considering they’re coming off back-to-back American League West championships. But after another offseason of watching their division rivals..." February 14
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
San Francisco Chronicle "John Jaso is minus his long, flowing hair, but what's more important is what's going on inside his newly clean-cut head. "Brain stuff?" the A's catcher said when asked about his health before the A's FanFest on Saturday. "Yeah, it's all good up there." Jaso missed the final two months of the..." February 09
LF Yoenis Cespedes said he'd like to have an extension with #Athletics when current four-year deal is up after the 2015 season.
#Athletics have invited C Bruce Maxwell, SS Darwin Perez and SS Addison Russell to spring training.
The #Athletics have agreed to terms with Coco Crisp on a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season with a vesting option for 2017.
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension, the team announced. The deal includes a vesting option for a third year. Financial terms are unknown. Crisp, 34, was scheduled to become a free agent next offseason. The Athletics exercised his $7.5 million..." February 07
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
New York Post "The burden will fall upon Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens to rebuild Chris Young, to turn this risky acquisition back into a value stock. Before the new Mets outfielder turns himself over to Hudgens, however, he received a tune-up from a valued set of eyes. “He did great,” Rod Carew told The..." February 05
Hardball Talk "After three seasons in Tampa Bay cult hero/backup outfielder Sam Fuld is headed to Oakland, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the A’s. Fuld is extremely fast and very good defensively, but he’s hit just .234 with six homers and a .643 OPS..." February 04
CSN Bay Area "The city of San Jose is pushing for a quick decision on its antitrust case against Major League Baseball, according to a report from the Bay Area News Group. San Jose’s lawyers on Wednesday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to set a March 24 deadline for all legal arguments, with the..." January 31
CSN Bay Area "The accolades keep rolling in for Oakland A’s minor league shortstop Addison Russell. ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the 20-year-old Florida native as the No. 3 overall prospect in the minors heading into the upcoming season. And while it’s no surprise to see Russell grouped among the elite of any..." January 30
Fansided "Many were awaiting Beane to make a move right before the All-Star break. Fans were wondering what move he would make to help push the team to the finish line. Many of us were pleased when he traded away prospect Grant Green for Alberto Callaspo. Grant Green didn’t have a single hit when he was..." January 26
Catcher Dusty Brown goes to the #Athletics on a minor league deal.
Sources: Rays deep into discussions with closer Grant Balfour. Believed to be talking about a two-year, $12M deal.
MLB.com "The Hall of Fame on Thursday announced cap selections that will appear on the plaques for the six-man 2014 class that will be inducted on July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Left-hander Tom Glavine and manager Bobby Cox will be inducted as Braves, first baseman Frank Thomas as a White Sox, and manager..." January 23
Sources: #Athletics sign free-agent LHP Eric O’Flaherty to two-year, $7 million contract. Recovering from Tommy John; expected back by July.
MLB.com "Looking to add another piece to their impressive bullpen depth, the A's agreed to terms Wednesday on a two-year deal with free-agent left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty. The deal is for $7 million over the two years, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. To make room on the 40-man..." January 22
CSN Bay Area "A little Oakland A’s news to give you a breather from the NFL playoff madness: Tim Dierkes of mlbtraderumors.com provided a breakdown of Scott Kazmir’s two-year, $22 million contract. The left-hander will earn $7 million in base salary in 2014 and $11 million in 2015, with a $4 million signing..." January 22
CBSSports.com "By 2015, all 30 MLB ballparks must have either handheld or walk-through metal detectors in place, the league has informed teams. "This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in..." January 21
#Athletics, RF Josh Reddick likely to split difference on salary figures today. He 's asking $3.25 million; A's offering $2 million.