For Dallas Braden, the road to recovery is a long one. Fifty six games into the regular season, he still doesn't appear to be nearing a return. On Wednesday Braden threw from flat ground in the outfield. He threw from 80 feet and then moved to 60 feet.Our cameras caught the video of the throwing session. He appeared to be throwing without issue."You can tell by his demeanor he was pretty happy about being out there and throwing," manager Bob Melvin said. "So very encouraging."At one point it looked like Braden was even dancing to the music as he played catch in the outfield."That wouldn't surprise me," Melvin said.Braden's last start with the A's came April 16, 2011. He underwent shoulder surgery in May of that year. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who performed a similar surgery on Mets pitcher Johan Santana.Melvin also mentioned that Brett Anderson would likely join the A's on Thursday. Anderson hasn't pitched since June 5, 2011. He is still working toward recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.