A's place Graveman on disabled list

A's place Graveman on disabled list

The number of prominent Athletics on the disabled list keeps growing, as Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman joined the 10-day DL on Monday with a strained right shoulder.

The move comes one day after shortstop Marcus Semien was placed on the injured list with a contusion in his right wrist.

Graveman left his start Friday after five innings due to what he and manager Bob Melvin described as trouble getting his body loose in the cold weather. On Saturday, Graveman expressed confidence he would make his next start, which is Thursday.

His DL stint is backdated to Saturday, meaning Graveman could conceivably miss just one start while on the DL. That depends on how he progresses obviously. To take his spot on the roster, the A's recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell.

Graveman is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA over three starts.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.