Are Anderson or Colon postseason options?


Are Anderson or Colon postseason options?

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have a starting rotation that completely consists of rookies. They could get an infusion of experienced arms once the postseason comes around. Brett Anderson has been throwing side sessions and the team hasn't ruled out the option of him returning for the playoffs. Veteran Bartolo Colon's suspension is currently at 40 games.
So is there a real chance either of these pitchers can return? Yes and no. Starting with Anderson, his outlook is getting better by the day. He is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA, 25 strikeouts and just seven walks in six starts this season. He left his last start 14 days ago, with a strained right oblique.
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"It's not for sure yet but the words 'hope' and 'possibility' are in there as opposed to saying unlikely," general manager Billy Beane said. "It's not the word I'd use use. I'd say more likely."Anderson missed 14 months with Tommy John surgery and went 4-0 in his first starts after returning. He is easily one of the most talented and experienced pitchers the A's have available. The most important thing is not rushing him back. "We'll do the best we can and we certainly won't throw him out there if he isn't comfortable," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
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Colon still has 10 games remaining on his suspension. The A's would have to get deep into the playoffs for him to be a factor. When asked, Beane said that he hasn't even considered the option of using Colon yet.Colon went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA for Oakland this season. In 152 13 innings pitched he struck out 91 batters and only walked 23. He was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy on August 22. The A's have gotten by without Colon, opening day starter Brandon McCarthy, and Anderson. Their rookie starting pitchers have set a Major League record with 53 wins combined this season.

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's


NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'


Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.