Coco Crisp doesn’t know if a fine or suspension awaits him after Thursday ejection.
Coco Crisp left Minute Maid Park Thursday night not knowing if there was a fine or a suspension in his future.
The A’s outfielder may catch a break. He threw a bat and a batting helmet after his fifth-inning strikeout against the Astros Doug Fister. Crisp said he meant to send the message that if Reyburn thought those pitches were strikes, perhaps Reyburn would like to try hitting them.
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.
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.
The decaying Coliseum added another dubious chapter to its legacy Saturday night, costing Josh Reddick an RBI triple, Rich Hill a possible win in his mound return and the A’s very likely a victory.
With a crowd of 26,846 in the house awaiting a postgame pyrotechnics show, Oakland was burned by its own ballpark –a hole at the base of the right field wall in fair territory that short-circuited an A’s rally and ultimately led to a 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates victory in 10 innings.
With two outs in the fifth inning and Jed Lowrie on first base for the A’s, Reddick hammered a ball over the head off Pittsburgh right fielder Sean Rodriguez for what appeared would give the A’s the go-ahead run with the score tied 2-2. Lowrie steamed all the way around the bases to score, while Reddick scampered into third.
When Reddick turned around to look into right field, however, Rodriguez was holding both hands up – the ball had lodged in a small opening at the base of the fence and Reddick had somehow found the hole on the fly.
After being on the sidelines for the last couple of years, the A’s jumped back into the international baseball pool Saturday, signing a highly touted player out of Cuba, Lazaro Armenteros, and the son of former American League MVP George Bell among five players.
Director of Pro Scouting Dan Feinstein said the A’s had been following Armenteros since long before he defected from Cuba and went to Haiti before winding up in the Dominican Republic.
And while Feinstein agreed that comparisons between Armenteros and another Cuban, former A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes, weren’t unwarranted, he said “when I first saw him, I saw a young Frank Thomas.’’
Marcus Semien is looking increasingly like an AL All-Star.
Two weeks ago when talking about the A’s possible All Star Game representation, Marcus Semien’s name wouldn’t have shone particularly brightly.
Time changes matters like that Semien has gone from a player with an outside chance to be the A’s All Star representative to being the player with perhaps the best chance to landing the coveted berth for the July 12 game in San Diego.
The international signing period for Major League teams starts Saturday, and the A’s are expected to make as big a splash as any team with the signing of 17-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro “Lazarito’’ Armenteros.
Sources say Armenteros, who played for the Cuban national youth team before defecting to Haiti and eventually the Dominican Republic, is expected to get in the neighborhood of $3 million when the international signing period opens.
Sean Doolittle had been feeling great, but all of a sudden he’s on the DL again.
“This,’’ Sean Doolittle said, “has been a long day.’’
Doolittle knows from long days. He had five months full of them last year when he couldn’t pitch because of the pain in the back of his shoulder.
It was a rotator cuff issue, and it limited him to one game the first five months of the season. He came up and pitched most of the last month of the season, enough to ease his mind that things were right with his shoulder.
Sean Doolittle landed on the disabled list Thursday and had an MRI after he couldn’t get loose in a bullpen session Wednesday.
The A’s had hoped all disabled list stories running up to the All-Star Game would be about players coming off the list, but that all changed Thursday when left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle went on the 15-day DL.
The injury-plagued A’s had gone two weeks in which they hadn’t put anyone on the DL and had claimed reliever Liam Hendriks, right fielder Josh Reddick and starter Sean Manaea from its grasp. More than that, starter Rich Hill is due back Saturday.
Sean Manaea is back, and the A’s rotation is coming back at the same time.
A week ago, one could make a reasonable assumption that the A’s weren’t going to have much to play for the rest of the way.
Their starting pitchers hadn’t been doing much. They were in a 17-game stretch in which they were 0-9 with a 5.29 ERA. And that’s a scary long time to go without a win for an entire rotation.
Only once, almost two decades ago, had an A’s rotation gone dry longer, an 18-game stretch from July 24-Aug. 12, 1997. And if the A’s history of the last two decade says anything, it’s that the A’s are at least competitive when their rotation gives them a chance.