OAKLAND -- Brandon McCarthy will not be making his scheduled start on Sunday against the Giants. Instead, he will be hitting the disabled list. Sunday morning, the the A's will announce that River Cats' right-handed pitcher A.J. Griffin will make his Major League debut in his place. He will be opposed by Matt Cain.The news is particularly frustrating for McCarthy, who will be making another trip to the DL after returning from a previous stint on June 2. He has battled through lingering shoulder soreness over his last seven starts, three of which have come on extra rest. He is 6-0 with a 1.96 ERA over that span."It sucks," McCarthy said. "The last two weeks have been about as mentally harrowing as I have had in my career. Dealing with pain every day is miserable. If I can get out on the mound I can be fine, but it's just not doing it." McCarthy has undergone multiple MRIs and the tests show no significant damage. Yet after each appearance, the pain in his right throwing shoulder lingers. "The doctor is not telling you that your arm looked like a gun went off inside of it," he said. "They are saying it is fine and it's healthy. It just doesn't feel right. It's just kind of miserable. You obsess over the pain. It's a big stressful game. It hasn't been a whole lot of fun."The 28-year-old righty mentioned possibly getting another opinion on his shoulder. He keeps being told he can pitch. He has taken short breaks of nine, 15, and 11 days off between starts this season. The longest break came when he went on the DL. At this point rest seems to be the only solution. "There's been so few answers, the frustration level just kind of goes off the charts," he said. "Nobody can look at me and say, 'This is why, let's address this.' That's how I like to handle things. You just kind of want to pull your hair out."McCarthy is in his seventh season, this will be his eighth career trip to the DL, his third in his two seasons with the As.Last year at this time, he experienced a similar problem in the shoulder. He missed the entire month of June as part of a six-week DL stint. He ended up coming back to finish the season making 16 starts after injury. "I can't keep doing this for the next three months. Let's get this done where I can make a big run of starts and be done with it." A.J. Griffin's last start came on June 19. Coincidentally, that is the last time McCarthy pitched -- so he is on turn. He is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in Sacramento. Griffin has 40 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 innings pitched. He is listed as six-foot-five, 215 pounds. Griffin, 24, isn't on the A's 40-man roster though, so another corresponding move will have to be made to clear a spot for him.
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.