X-rays come back negative after Casilla struck by foul ball

X-rays come back negative after Casilla struck by foul ball

OAKLAND — The A’s got a scare during Saturday’s game when closer Santiago Casilla was struck by a sharply hit foul ball while standing near the dugout.

Casilla was hit in the left shoulder by a liner that came screaming his way in the fourth inning. He had a crowd of people gathered around him for a few minutes before he retreated to the clubhouse, accompanied by assistant athletic trainer Brian Schulman.

The reliever underwent an X-ray that came back negative, and according to manager Bob Melvin was OK after the game.

“He’s a tough guy,” Melvin said. “That was pretty scary for a minute. I didn’t see actually who got hit. I looked over and somebody was down. It ends up being the guy who closes games for you. Anybody (would be a concern), but certainly him.”

Casilla was standing behind a short wall that is to the right of the home dugout but not protected by the netting that surrounds the home plate area. Foul balls rarely shoot in that direction, and it would only happen with left-handed hitters batting.

“That’s a spot where a lot of guys stand and watch the game,” reliever Sean Doolittle said. “The coaches lean on that railing. They talk to hitters as they’re going up to the plate. In my time here, I can’t ever remember a foul ball going there. It’s really a freak thing.”

Melvin said after the game that even had Casilla not been hit, he wasn’t going to use his closer after Casilla threw each of the previous two games.

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.