Marcus Semien says he’s looking forward to working in tandem with Mike Gallego and incoming coach Ron Washington, who arrives Friday.
Ron Washington did lots of good helping the A’s infield be the best it could be during an 11-year stint with Oakland that ended after the 2006 season, when he took a job managing the Texas Rangers.
With the A’s in a defensive rut and shortstop Marcus Semien in particular having made 16 errors in Oakland’s first 42 games, the club decided it was time to make a move to address the problem of a Major League-worst 44 errors committed as a team by reaching out to Washington, who will join the team as a coach Friday and stay on for the rest of the season.
Oakland third base and infield coach Mike Gallego not only was not surprised that the A’s decided to bring in Ron Washington as an extra infield coach, he was thinking that Oakland might have gone further and simply replaced Gallego.
He’s had a tough last week with Stephen Vogt thrown out at the plate as the last out of a one-run loss to the White Sox and Max Muncy and Brett Lawrie thrown out at the plate on consecutive plays in the second inning Tuesday, although Lawrie was running on his own.
Add to that the 16 errors made at shortstop by Marcus Semien with Gallego in charge of the infield defense, and the cumulative sum is unimpressive.
The A’s made it official Thursday with the announcement of the hiring of former Texas manager Ron Washington as a Major League coach.
Washington will be the team beginning Friday and will remain with the team for the rest of the season. As the A’s coaching roster is already full, he will not be able to be on the bench during games.
In hiring Washington, the A’s are trying to address the issue of the shoddy infield defense, particularly at shortstop where Marcus Semien, in his first full year as a big league shortstop, has made 16 errors in the first 42 games of the season.
Jesse Hahn says the A’s have to “find something in ourselves” and soon.
This is Jesse Hahn’s first full big league season, but you don’t need to be a 10-year veteran to know that this isn’t the way things are supposed to go.
The A’s right-hander threw five strong innings in a start against Houston but wound up on the short end of a 6-1 loss to the Astros on what was essentially a one-pitch loss.
Oakland had just scored a run against undefeated Dallas Keuchel to tie the game at one. The Astros countered with a single by George Springer with two out, Evan Gattis following that by clobbering a 1-0 pitch from Hahn way out to left field.
Jarrod Parker will have his elbow movement restricted for the next 4-6 weeks as he recovers from surgery.
Starter Jarrod Parker’s elbow surgery went well Tuesday, and now comes the difficult part – sitting and waiting.
A’s trainer Nick Paparesta said Wednesday that Dr. James Andrews reattached the grafted ligament and the flexor tendon in the elbow to a different bone while setting the fracture of the medial epicondyle that cut short Parker’s trip back from Tommy John surgery
“The bone was too small to reattach with a screw, so they cleaned the bone off and reattached the tendon on its own,’’ Paparesta said. “In Andrews’ opinion this gives us a better potential outcome, because you don’t have to wait for the bone to heal.’’
Drew Pomeranz went on the disabled list Wednesday with a left AC sprain. Arnold Leon has been called up to replace him.
Right-handed reliever Arnold Leon joined the A’s before the final game of a three-game set in Houston Wednesday, taking the spot of starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Pomeranz had to come out of Monday’s start in the fifth inning with what was being called a sprained left AC joint.
When he reported to the clubhouse Tuesday, Pomeranz said he was only experiencing normal post-start soreness, but manager Bob Melvin said then that the disabled list was a possibility because the club wanted to get a handle on the AC joint pain, which has cropped up from time to time.
Fernando Abad doesn’t know why he’s being hit so hard, and the A’s don’t know, either.
For the longest time, going to Fernando Abad was nothing but A-Good for the A’s.
Not so much lately, though.
Abad, asked to keep a 3-2 game close, instead gave up a two-run homer and a solo shot in the eighth inning. That put the A’s in a 6-2 hole and meant that the two runs Oakland scored in the ninth were just window dressing.
The numbers on Abad this year are grim. He has a 7.36 ERA, his WHIP is 1.636 and he’s allowed four homers in 11 innings. For his first season in Oakland last year, his ERA was 1.57, his WHIP was 0.855 and he’d allowed just four homers in 57.1 innings.
What’s worse, with Sean Doolittle and Eric O’Flaherty on the disabled list, he’s the only lefty in the bullpen. Small wonder that there are voices calling for the promotion of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, even though his 1.75 ERA is somewhat tarnished by the 12 walks he’s allowed in 25.2 innings with Triple-A Nashville.
Jarrod Parker will not need a third Tommy John surgery after his fractured elbow was treated by Dr. James Andrews Tuesday.
The surgery on starting pitcher Jarrod Parker’s right elbow went about as well as the A’s could have hoped Tuesday.
Dr. James Andrews was able to mend the medial epicondyle fracture that had shut down Parker during his injury rehabilitation assignment earlier in the month.
More than that, the replacement of Parker’s ulnar collateral ligament in a 2014 Tommy John surgery, had not been impacted by the fracture, so fears of the need for a third Tommy John surgery were put to rest.
Coco Crisp left Tuesday’s game with a neck injury after 3 1/2 innings.
A’s left fielder Coco Crisp left Tuesday’s game against the Astros in Houston after four 3½ innings with neck pain.
Crisp was limited to 126 games last year mostly because of run-ins with outfield walls. He didn’t have a repeat of wall collisions Tuesday in Minute Maid Park, but he landed hard in the second inning in a diving pursuit of a double hit by Houston’s Colby Rasmus.
The left fielder began the year on the disabled list thanks to spring training elbow surgery and wasn’t reinstated to the active roster until May 6. Since then he’s made multiple outstanding defensive plays, but he’s been in search of some offense.
Drew Pomeranz came up with shoulder pain Monday night that may have him targeted for the A’s disabled list.
The A’s are preparing themselves for the possibility of starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz going onto the disabled list later this week.
Pomeranz came out of Monday’s start against the Astros after 4.1 innings because of left shoulder tightness, a problem the left-hander described as a problematic AC joint in the shoulder that he’s had for some time now.
When the A’s leave for Tampa Bay following Wednesday’s game, Pomeranz will be headed back to the Bay Area to have his shoulder checked out, even though Pomeranz said he felt “just normal soreness’’ when he woke up Tuesday.
“We’re going to have him looked at,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ll probably make a decision on where we are tomorrow. Obviously there’s a chance he will go on the DL.
“This is something that’s been going on for a while, and we don’t want it to continue to go on, but we haven’t made a definitive decision.’’