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Daniel Mengden will get Saturday’s start for A’s, who will spend weekend playing on turf cut up by two NFL games

Daniel Mengden will get called up by the A's to start Saturday vs. the Red Sox.

Daniel Mengden will get called up by the A’s to start Saturday vs. the Red Sox.

Daniel Mengden made the trip from Nashville to Oakland will make Saturday’s start against the Red sox.

Manager Bob Melvin said Mengden, who will be activated before the game, has pitched better that his 1-5 record and 5.73 ERA with Oakland would suggest.

The club likes his assortment of pitches and when they sent him down the last time, it was because they saw signs of midseason weariness in him. He was 8-2 with a 1.67 in his time with Triple-A Nashville.

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Hill likely back on Sunday, but A’s still a starter short with Daniel Mengden sent down; Dillon Overton could go Saturday

Rich Hill is optimistic he will start Sunday, but with Daniel Mengden sent down, A's still need Saturday starter.

Rich Hill is optimistic he will start Sunday, but with Daniel Mengden sent down, A’s still need Saturday starter.

The A’s have sent their scheduled starter for Saturday, Daniel Mengden, to the minor leagues, leaving couple of open spots in the rotation for this weekend in Cleveland.

Rich Hill, Oakland’s winningest pitcher at 9-3, 2.25, hopes he’ll start Sunday against the Indians. After making 20 throws from 60 feet without a bandage covering his blistered left middle finger and 50 throws in a regular bullpen session with the blister covered, Hill said “I do think it’s real possible I can pitch on Sunday.’’

There is, always, the chance that Hill could be traded between now and then, but he doesn’t want to go and the A’s don’t seem in any hurry to pull the trigger on a deal. Sunday could be big, because it’s the day before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

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Billy Burns slump an opportunity for Jake Smolinski

Billy Burns's is having to make adjustments at the plate in his second season, and it's been some slow going.

Billy Burns’s is having to make adjustments at the plate in his second season, and it’s been some slow going.

Billy Burns is having a classic sophomore slump.

The A’s center fielder had an unexpected breakout season in 2015, a year when the A’s were figuring him for spending most of the season at Triple-A. Forced into duty with Coco Crisp hurting, Burns played in 125 games, averaged .294, led the league in infield hits, had a .370 on-base percentage and led the A’s with 26 steals.

This time around his average is at .236, his on-base percentage is a paltry .306 and he’s out of the lineup more than expected – Thursday night in Minute Maid Park was his 20th non-start in 86 games.

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Rich Hill wants to stay, but deadline deal is possible

 

Rich Hill doesn't want to leave Oakland, but scouts are sizing him up for a possible trade.

Rich Hill doesn’t want to leave Oakland, but scouts are sizing him up for a possible trade.

There were a half dozen or more scouts on hand to watch the A’s Rich Hill pitch Saturday night.

He didn’t pitch for the scouts. He pitched for the A’s, his first game back from the disabled list, and threw six two-run innings.

A group of scouts will be watching all of his Oakland starts this month, figuring he is the player most likely to be pried loose from the A’s as the trade deadline nears. Even after more than a month on the DL he’s tied for 10th in the American League with eight wins, and his 2.31 ERA would be second in the league if he has enough innings to qualify.

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Josh Phegley gets welcomed back into Oakland clubhouse; Sonny Gray may be the next off the DL for beleaguered A’s

Catcher Josh Phegley is the latest player to come off DL for the A's.

Catcher Josh Phegley is the latest player to come off DL for the A’s.

The A’s welcomed Josh Phegley back from the disabled list Friday, the second time in three days the A’s have subtracted from the DL rather an adding to it, which the club had been doing for most of April and May.

There’s no telling who could be the next name off the list, but it’s possible it will be starter Sonny Gray joining Phegley and Jed Lowrie, who was activated Wednesday.

The staff ace threw on the side both Thursday and Friday and he’s scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday. Gray is eligible to come off the disabled list a week from Sunday when the A’s are in Houston, and manager Bob Melvin said that day or shortly thereafter Gray could be back if he continues to be without

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A’s injury tsunami threatening to engulf 2016 season

Eric Sogard is having trouble believing the A's injury woes just aren't slowing down.

Eric Sogard is having trouble believing the A’s injury woes just aren’t slowing down.

The good news for the A’s is that catcher Stephen Vogt, after being hit hard by a pitch on the right wrist Friday, is only expected to miss one game.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said the veteran hopes to be in the lineup for Sunday’s series finale with the Yankees.

The bad news is, as second baseman Eric Sogard puts it, “there are too many guys joining me on the list.’’ That would be the disabled list, where the A’s have a dozen injured players – half a major league roster – parked.

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A’s call up Sean Manaea; he’ll debut Friday vs. Astros

Left-hander Sean Manaea will make his first big league start Friday against the Astros, and A’s manager Bob Melvin said the club expects to keep him in the rotation long term.

“I think once you bring up a guy like this, you are thinking more for the long haul,’’ Melvin said before Wednesday’s game with the Tigers. “We think he’s ready to go. You make your reps here in the big leagues based on performance. He wouldn’t be coming here if we didn’t think he had the ability to stay here.’’

The 6-foot-5 24-year-old has a fastball that sits at 96-97 mph, a good curve and an improving changeup, which is why the A’s insisted on getting him from Kansas City when they traded Ben Zobrist to the Royals at the trade deadline last July. When the season started Manaea was ranked as the second-best prospect in the organization and the 48th-best in the big leagues according to Baseball America.

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A’s turn to backup backstops with Vogt, Phegley ailing; Anderson, McBride join Chapman in going deep in sim game

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are out of Cactus League opener for A's

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are out of Cactus League opener for A’s

The A’s will be short of catchers for the first part of spring training with Josh Phegley joining Stephen Vogt in being counted out of Thursday’s opener against the Angels at a minimum.

No problem; minor league catchers Bryan Anderson and Matt McBride hit solo homers in a 6½-inning simulated game Tuesday. They will be part of the mix getting playing time with the Cactus League starting Thursday, joining Carson Blair and Bruce Maxwell.

“Maxwell and Blair will be the (main) guys with Vogt and Phegley down for a bit,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “Those are the two guys that would start for the split-squad (Friday). And this is a big opportunity for them, especially Maxwell. He hasn’t had an opportunity to play as much as he’s going to. It’s a big year for him.’’

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