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A's Stephen Piscotty undergoes surgery to remove a melanoma from ear

A's Stephen Piscotty undergoes surgery to remove a melanoma from ear

A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty underwent successful surgery Thursday to remove a melanoma from his right ear, the club announced.

Piscotty, 28, is resting comfortably at home and the team expects him to return within a week. He will be evaluated daily as he awaits more information from the pathology report on the surgery.

"What I know is that we believe it was caught early, hopefully as a result of Stephen being vigilant," said A's general manager David Forst. "We won't get a pathology report back until sometime next week. I traded texts with Stephen last night. He was doing fine and in a good mood." 

The procedure was performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Parrett at the California Pacific Medical Campus in San Francisco. Dr. Parrett removed the melanoma in its entirety.

"Obviously, we're thinking about him right now," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "From my understanding, it went pretty well. At this point, we haven't made a move, so we're trying to hold our hopes out that we get him back sooner than later." 

The issue was initially discovered by dermatologist Dr. Joseph Chao of Sutter Health during a routine spot check. Dr. Chao identified a suspicious mole and the biopsy came back positive for melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

"We will hope to see him tomorrow," Forst said. "As we said, we hope he will be able to play within a week -- maybe a few days, maybe later next week. I don't know. We'll see how he's doing tomorrow. But he can play with the stitches in. The stitches won't be removed until next Thursday. But he'll be able to play when he says he's ready, I think. As an organization, we're just trying to support whatever he needs. We are very happy that this was caught when it was." 

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Piscotty has started 65 of the A's 69 games this season, slashing .250/.314/.400 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, and 29 RBI. The Pleasanton native is in his second season with Oakland after spending his first three years with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Why A's Lou Trivino feels bad for minor league players during MLB halt

Editor's Note: NBC Sports California spoke with Lou Trivino on Friday, May 22, four days before the A's announced they would stop paying $400 weekly stipends to their minor league players for the remainder of the season, and other teams released players.

For reasons of sanity and economy, the return of Major League Baseball this summer is the primary focus of the league and the players' association.

But A’s reliever Lou Trivino also realizes the entire minor league ecosystem would suffer in a multitude of ways, potentially going dormant.

At this point, there are no imminent plans for 242 farm teams and its players across the continent.

“You feel bad for those guys,” Trivino said. “Especially the ones that need the development, that need the reps.”

Most big league players have the advantages of time and accessibility to personal training facilities. They can stay conditioned during shutdowns, without much setback.

But it’s not the same for everyone.

“Some of these minor league guys, they’ve been stuck inside all day and not maybe able to do stuff,” Trivino said. “That really hinders their ability to perform on the field next year.”

Another lesser-discussed aspect to keep an eye on is MLB’s annual amateur draft, which has been reduced from 40 rounds to five rounds.

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“You’re not going to see the 11th round guy like myself maybe make it,” Trivino said. “You’re not going to see the late-round guys potentially get that chance and that’s heartbreaking. I’m that guy.”

Trivino started his minor league career in 2013, appearing in 170 games as a starter and reliever at every level, until getting his first chance at the major leagues with Oakland in 2019.

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

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Roy Steele, A's 'Voice of God' and legendary PA announcer, dies at Auburn home

One does not easily earn the "Voice of God" moniker, but when it came to Roy Steele, nothing else would do. 

The long-time public address announcer for the A's passed away Thursday at his home in Auburn, leaving behind a tremendous legacy as one of the most recognizable voices in the history of the game. The A's released a team statement acknowledging his vast contributions to the history of the franchise.

"As the PA voice of the A’s for nearly four decades, his booming baritone filled the Coliseum from the Mustache Gang to Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers and Moneyball," the statement said. "Beloved by all, he touched the lives of generations of A’s fans. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

Steele began his tenure as the A's PA announcer starting in 1968 and remained in the position through 2005, though he did make occasional appearances during the 2007-08 season. He covered over 3,000 A's games, including six World Series and an All-Star Game. Throughout his 38 years at the helm, he only missed five days of work.

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His death comes during a sad week for the Oakland franchise. On Sunday, Chester Farrow, who operated the scoreboard at the Coliseum for over 50 years, passed away at the age of 77.

Whenever MLB resumes, one would imagine both longtime employees will be honored.