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Daniel Gossett is fourth A's starter to need Tommy John surgery in '18

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Daniel Gossett is fourth A's starter to need Tommy John surgery in '18

The A's injury epidemic continued Tuesday, as the team announced right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. 

Gossett will become the fourth A's starter to go under the knife this season, joining Jharel Cotton, A.J. Puk, and Kendall Graveman.

"We've been hit hard with that this year," A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. "It's unfortunate. These are injuries that keep you out for a while."

Gossett, 25, was 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this season. He was originally placed on the DL June 5 with a right elbow flexor strain.

"He's a hard-working kid," Melvin said. "He's come a long way. We saw some really good games from him this year. I believe he'll rehab this thing and be back as strong as ever, but unfortunately it's going to take a while."

The A's have used 12 different starting pitchers this season, due to injuries. Despite that, they enter play Tuesday with a 62-46 record, just two games behind Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot.

 

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

There are two types of people in the world: Those who love bat flips in baseball, and those who are wrong to dislike them. This post is not for the latter.

A's outfielder Mark Canha received some very prestigious honors. He possessed the No. 1 bat flip of the 2019 season according to MLB Network.

During the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 count against the Angels on March 30, Canha got ahold of a Felix Peña pitch and sent a ball over the fence at the Oakland Coliseum.

It was a beaut:

That's not the best part. It was what he mouthed following the homer that sealed the deal:

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It's bat flippin' season baby -- every season.

That was the best flip of the year which only means the next season brings more competition -- and if you're familiar with Canha's ways -- there will be more flips.

We look forward to that.

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Why blockbuster Corey Kluber trade from Indians to Rangers is bad for A's

Why blockbuster Corey Kluber trade from Indians to Rangers is bad for A's

Teams in the AL West continue to make moves this offseason, while the A's watch from afar. The latest is a two-time Cy Young award winner reportedly joining the Texas Rangers. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that the Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase. Levi Weaver of The Athletic also reported there are expected to be more players sent to Cleveland. 

Kluber, who turns 34 years old in April, was limited to just seven games last season due to injuries and put up the worst numbers of his eight-year career in limited innings. But when healthy, the right-hander still is one of the best arms in all of baseball. 

Prior to Kluber's injury-riddled 2019, he had averaged 31 starts per year and 206 innings pitched from 2013 to '18. In that six-year span, he also averaged 227 strikeouts and only 43 walks. 

The Rangers now have added Kluber, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson to their rotation this offseason. As they move into their new stadium, the Rangers are expected to continue making moves, too. 

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Adding Kluber clearly is a positive for the Rangers, but it's another negative for the A's. He has a 2.29 career ERA against Oakland in nine appearances -- eight starts -- but now will face them much more in 2020. 

While the A's are more focused on keeping their young core intact long-term, the Angels added star third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Rangers traded for Kluber. The AL West has been owned by the Astros and A's in recent seasons, but the rest of the division is coming for them.