A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return


A's Insider notes: Bailey getting closer to return

May 10, 2011A'S PAGE A'S VIDEO
Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

Our A's Insider takes a look at the 7-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of a three-game series in Texas.

Bailey getting closer - All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, on the disabled list with a forearm strain since spring training, threw his second live batting practice in a week and is close to returning. Bailey threw "about" 30 pitches to "six or seven hitters" in the simulated game today in Arlington, Texas and used all of his pitches. His next live session will be Wednesday, after the A's see how he recovers from today's outing.

Anderson improves in Texaskinda - How bad was Brett Anderson Tuesday night and just how bad has he been in Arlington over his career? Well, after giving up four earned runs in 4 23 innings, the left-hander actually lowered his ERA there, from 9.00 to 8.62.

RECAP: Anderson struggles in Texas again, A's lose 7-2
Co-Jack at 3B - Conor Jackson replaced Andy LaRoche at third base in the seventh inning. It was only the fourth time in Jackson's career he has appeared at third base, which might serve as a warning shot across the bow of the S.S. Kevin Kouzmanoff. Might his days with the team be numbered? Still no word on Braden - Dallas Braden was scheduled to have his third medical opinion today in New York on a visit with Mets physician Dr. David Altchek, a day after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Alas, the A's say they are still waiting for a medical report on the left-hander's tight pitching shoulder.Another Darth 'Dactyl deed - Yes, it's a day old, but the Elias Sports Bureau came up with this interesting nugget this morning. Trevor Cahill is the first A's pitcher since 1925 to go 6-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA in his first eight starts, joining Sam Gray, who was 8-0 with a 1.43 ERA for Connie Mack in Philadelphia.

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow


Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Source: Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

Source: Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night, a source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.

Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have been designated for assignment had a deal not gotten done. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for closer Mark Melancon, who signed Monday. 

Heston, 28, filled in after injuries to veterans in 2015 and posted a 3.95 ERA and 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for an unhealthy staff, going 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break. The long season caught up to Heston down the stretch, and the Giants filled their rotation that December with free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June and ultimately ended his season. 

This represents a needed fresh start for Heston, who was hopelessly blocked in the Giants’ system. The Giants acquired Matt Moore at the deadline and Ty Blach and Matt Cain will compete for the final rotation spot. Veteran Albert Suarez and top pitching prospect Tyler Beede are among the starters who had jumped ahead of Heston. In Seattle, he joins a team in need of starting depth, and he should get a shot to return to a big league rotation.