A's reinstate McCarthy, place Sogard on DL


A's reinstate McCarthy, place Sogard on DL

The A's have officially reinstated starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the disabled list. To make room on the roster they placed infielder Eric Sogard on the 15-day DL with a strain in his back. McCarthy has been placed on the DL twice this season missing 55 games. His most recent trip to the DL cost him eight starts. It seems the only cure for the tall righty's shoulder is rest. The A's hope they have given him enough time off to last the rest of the season.
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McCarthy is on career-high six-game winning streak, with a 1.96 ERA, and a .208 opponents batting average in his last seven starts. He was the team's opening day starting pitcher and has a 2.56 ERA in 12 starts this season. McCarthy pitched two rehab games with the Sacramento River Cats where he was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA. Sogard was recalled from Sacramento on July 20. He hit .212 (7 for 33) in 15 games since rejoining the A's. He has had three different stints with Oakland this season. In his 37 games with the A's, Sogard is hitting .167 with two homers and seven RBIs. In 36 games in Sacramento he is hitting .323 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

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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