McCarthy to throw Saturday, expecting normal offseason


McCarthy to throw Saturday, expecting normal offseason

OAKLAND -- Twenty three days after being struck in the head by a line drive, Brandon McCarthy is back in the Athletics dugout. Twenty four days after, he'll throw a baseball.

McCarthy says he plans to be in uniform alongside his teammates for the final two home series, and he was cleared by doctors Friday to pick up a baseball on Saturday.

"Now I can be in the dugout. I can be around the game atmosphere again," McCarthy said. "I think it's really what I need to get my mind off everything."

McCarthy, who had two hours of surgery to stabilize an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, is miraculously planning his normal offseason regimen in Dallas. It is typically four weeks after such an injury before any exertion is recommended. McCarthy expects to push the limits and test himself in the next week.

McCarthy, who was driven to the yard by his wife and still experiences bouts of "mild cloudiness," has stayed remarkably positive throughout the process.

"I try not to get down with anything," McCarthy said. "It's just the way my brain works, it tries to find the humor in anything."

His good humor will go a long way towards enhancing the A's healthy clubhouse atmosphere.

"He's a big boost on a team with so many young guys, especially a young staff," Sean Doolittle said. "He's a very calming presence and he's helped a lot of guys out just by the way he goes about his stuff.

"He keeps the mood relatively light. That's the biggest thing, he's such a good veteran presence for us young guys."

If you ask McCarthy, whose one-year, 4.275 million contract expires at the end of this season, he expects his presence to continue in Oakland.

"It's been that way from Day 1," McCarthy said. "And it certainly hasn't changed now. Going through something like this, where you see the reactions, not only from the fans and teammates, but the way the front office handled it was beyond first class.

"It truly shows you the family system that's in place. I'd like to be back here."

Aside from not being able to help his team, which has left McCarthy frequently yelling at the television, the worst part about the life-threatening affair?

"Really, the one thing I remember from this whole thing is just being unbelievably thirsty for about four days," McCarthy said. "I was on a salt drip for a few days, which is big for swelling on the brain. I couldn't drink water, I couldn't drink anything."

McCarthy is hoping his presence with the team will help the A's quench their thirst with the sweet taste of clubhouse champagne.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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