A's Devine to miss 2012 season after 'Tommy John' surgery

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A's Devine to miss 2012 season after 'Tommy John' surgery

It's been a tough ride for Joey Devine. The A's right-handed reliever underwent successful elbow surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, again, and will miss the 2012 season. You recall Devine had "Tommy John" surgery in 2009."The same ligament, reconstructed again," manager Bob Melvin clarified. Dr. James Andrews performed both surgeries. This time, in addition to reconstructing the ligament, the surgery included an ulnar nerve transposition and a debridement of the flexor tendon.The timeline for return is set at 12-18 months.Devine, 28, turned in a dominant 2008 and looked to be on the fast track to the A's closer role. He pitched 45 2-3 innings, allowing just three earned runs. But his first "Tommy John" surgery derailed his career, and kept him out of baseball during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He battled back, though, and joined the 2011 A's to make 26 appearances. He pitched strong, "as good as anyone coming out of bullpen," Melvin thought, finishing the season 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23 innings. "Working his way diligently as he did," Melvin said. "To come back and see the results you did last year. To have to go back and do that again, I really feel bad for him."Devine was expected to compete for the closer role this year as well. It's all Grant Balfour's now.In instances like this one, Melvin puts the team aside. "It's all about him right now." Despite the loss, the A's manager is not concerned with the status of his bullpen. Indeed, after seven-plus innings from starters in three of five games, there are actually members of the bullpen that need work including Ryan Cook & Brian Fuentes."I'm comfortable with the makeup of the bullpen," Melvin said.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

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Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP