A's place reliever Axford on 10-day DL, recall Hahn

A's place reliever Axford on 10-day DL, recall Hahn

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s placed right-handed pitcher John Axford on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 2 with a strained right shoulder, the club announced Wednesday. To take his spot on the roster, the A’s have recalled right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville.

Axford has not pitched in a game for the A’s during the regular season. He had no decisions and a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances this spring. The 34-year-old right-hander allowed a .345 opponents batting average and issue five walks in 7.2 innings. Axford last pitched last Thursday at San Francisco, allowing one hit in 1.0 scoreless innings of relief. This is the first career stint on the DL for the eight-year veteran.

Hahn was 1-2 with an 8.80 ERA and .352 opponents batting average in five games, including four starts, during the spring before he was optioned to Nashville March 26. He logged a 3.12 ERA over his first three games before allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings in each of his final two starts. The 27-year-old right-hander had four separate stints with the A’s last year and went 2-4 with a career-high 6.02 ERA in nine starts.

Oakland A's media services provided this report


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.