A's didn't feel pressured to make deadline deal

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A's didn't feel pressured to make deadline deal

The perception is that you must make a trade on July 31. The public sentiment is that a move to add a player or two -- or in some cases three -- creates a distinction that separates a team from contender to pretender. With all the hype, frenzy, unbelievable rumors, and in some cases feverish refreshing on twitter, it is understandable that some fans of the Oakland A's felt slighted when the team didn't make a move. Then there is how the team feels about it. The A's are 34-16 since June 2 -- the best record in baseball over that span. So far they have succeeded beyond even the wildest expectations of the fans and predictions of anyone in the media. That might explain why they weren't compelled to act. "We said all along that we had to be respectful of the group that's here and how well they've played," A's assistant general manager David Forst said. "A lot of our success has come because of the young players and we were going to be protective of those guys."PRATT: No move could be a good move for A's
The A's have had a lot of success indeed. They are currently 10 games over .500 and occupy the first Wild Card spot in the American League. Just because they didn't make a trade at one o'clock on July 31, it doesn't mean they aren't going for it."The goal is to play in the postseason," Forst said. "We are shooting for the division. I know if you ask Bob Melvin he'll tell you that his sights are set on Anaheim and Texas. You have to get into the postseason any way you can."Not making a move wasn't for lack of effort. They team was actively placing and fielding calls. Naturally, none of the juicy details of any of the conversations with other teams were shared. So are the A's equipped to make a postseason run after not adding any help at the deadline? The players certainly think so. "I can't imagine anyone in here would be disappointed," Brandon Inge said. "What more could we have done? Since we've had this core group, what more can we do? The A's are clicking on all cylinders. They've already clinched a franchise best July record, going 19-4 this month with one game to play. They weren't exactly desperate to make a trade.
"We just didn't feel like with what was out there and what we would have to look to give up, that it was worth making a move right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I think the chemistry and everything else that's going on right now came into play with that decision as well."Just because the non-waiver trade deadline has passed doesn't mean the team won't make a move. In fact, they said they are going to be actively pursuing ways to make the team better yet. "Starting tomorrow we'll monitor that market and see what the options are going forward," Forst said. "Just because we are past this deadline doesn't mean something can't happen down the road if we feel like there is a deficiency or something we need to address," Melvin said. The A's chief competition -- the Rangers and Angels -- made some moves at the deadline. Texas added Ryan Dempster to the starting rotation, the Angels added Zack Greinke. The moves don't have the A's shaking in their white cleats. "If you want to compare pitching, I'll take what we have," Melvin said. With a 3.44 ERA the A's already have the best pitching in the American League. Plus, Oakland will be countering the pitching of their division rivals by adding two quality pitchers of their own. They don't have to trade for them, they just have to reinstate them from the disabled list. Brett Anderson threw 73 pitches in a rehab start on Tuesday, and Brandon McCarthy tossed 66 pitches on Monday night. McCarthy may make one more rehab start before being activated. Anderson is right around the corner.They may not have been buyers, but at least they weren't sellers.

Injuries to Hahn, Alonso compound A's loss to Marlins

Injuries to Hahn, Alonso compound A's loss to Marlins

OAKLAND — Their pitching staff got banged up throughout the night, but the A’s hope the only lasting damage they absorbed Tuesday night was on the scoreboard.

In the process of an 11-9 defeat to the Miami Marlins, they lost starting pitcher Jesse Hahn to a strained triceps and first baseman Yonder Alonso to a contusion on his right hand and wrist.

The early diagnosis showed they may have dodged a bullet with Alonso — X-rays came back negative for a fracture after he was hit flush in the wrist area on a pitch from lefty Jarlin Garcia. Alonso initially walked off the field after being hit, but after a few moments re-emerged and took first base to run. He was replaced on defense in the seventh.

“I’ve had some history with my hand,” Alonso said afterward. “I broke it three or four years ago. At the time when I got hit, I felt like that was the case all over again. The pain started going away, that’s when I realized I think I’m OK.”

Alonso’s wrist and hand began to swell while he was running the bases, and he had to exit the game. The first baseman had missed the four previous games with a sore left knee, then proceeded to homer in his first at-bat Tuesday, pulling him back into a tie with Khris Davis for the team homer lead at 13. Suffering another injury in the same game could be classified as rotten timing, but Alonso came away feeling fortunate all things considered.

“I think we got very lucky,” he said. “It got me right on the wrist but a little bit on the hand as well. We’re lucky that there’s no break. You just gotta move forward.”

Manager Bob Melvin said Alonso would be a game-time decision for whether he’ll start Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, but with the A’s off Thursday, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they rested Alonso in an attempt to let him heal up for Friday’s road trip opener against the Yankees.

Hahn’s condition seems more ambiguous, and perhaps more troubling. He said he felt fine warming up before Tuesday’s game, but when he took the mound to warm up before the third, he experienced a drop in velocity and couldn’t figure out why.

“I experienced some tightness near my triceps and a big velocity decrease,” Hahn said. “The ball wasn’t coming out (well) at all. It was a weird feeling. I’ve dealt with elbow (problems) before. Usually for me when I have elbow pain I can feel it on my pitches, and I didn’t feel it. It was kinda weird. … It almost felt like a dead arm.”

Hahn gave up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich in the third, then was taken out of the game. Afterward, he and the training staff discussed the possibility of getting an MRI but nothing had been set in stone.

“I’m throwing the ball as hard as I can and I see 89-90 on the board,” Hahn said. “I know something’s not right. But at the same time, I’m not feeling anything. It leaves you thinking. To be in that state of mind on the mound is not good.”

Should the A’s need to fill Hahn’s rotation spot the next time through, and should they want to dip into the minor league ranks, Daniel Mengden is on the same turn with Triple-A Nashville and threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday (81 pitches). He’s on the 40-man roster. Jharel Cotton and Daniel Gossett also are coming off great outings for Nashville, though their turns in the rotation don’t line up as good with Hahn’s.

Hahn, Alonso leave with injuries, A's drop slugfest to Marlins

Hahn, Alonso leave with injuries, A's drop slugfest to Marlins

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Justin Bour matched his career high with four hits including his fourth home run in five games to highlight Miami's best offensive game of the season, and the Marlins held off a late surge to beat the Oakland Athletics 11-9 on Tuesday night.

Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon had three hits each on a night when every Miami player had at least one by the third inning. Three other Marlins had two hits apiece while Ichiro Suzuki added a two-run single in his return to the starting lineup.

Miami entered the day with the second-worst record in the majors having dropped 14 of 17 before getting a season-high 19 hits against Oakland in the first meeting between the two clubs since 2014.

Yonder Alonso hit his 13th home run of the season for the A's, but left with a bruised right hand after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth. Ryon Healy and Rajai Davis also homered for Oakland.

Jose Urena (2-2) pitched five uneven innings for his first career interleague win in 10 appearances. The Miami right-hander allowed six runs over five innings, raising his ERA from 1.91 to 3.08.

Jesse Hahn (1-4) took the loss and left the game in the third inning with a triceps strain. He pitched just two innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out two. He gave up a single to Christian Yelich in the third then left after a visit to the mound by the Oakland trainer.

The A's scored three times in the ninth and had the tying runner at the plate with two outs before AJ Ramos struck out Stephen Vogt.

Bour doubled as part of a three-run third, singled and scored in the fifth, homered leading off the seventh then singled again in the ninth. It was Bour's 12th home run this season and eighth in his last 12 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Marlins: Wei-Yin Chen received a platelet-rich plasma treatment before the game. The left-hander has been out since early May with arm fatigue. . RHP David Phelps was placed on the bereavement list and is expected to rejoin the team Friday. . Reliever Drew Steckenrider was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. . RHP Junichi Tazawa (rib cage inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this weekend.

Athletics: X-rays taken on Alonso's hand were negative. . LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder strain) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen Wednesday. If all goes well, the former closer could face hitters in his next outing. . RHP Ryan Dull continues to be bothered by soreness in his right knee.

UP NEXT:
Miami right-hander Edinson Volquez (0-6) pitches the finale of this two-game series Wednesday afternoon while Oakland counters with right-hander Sonny Gray (1-1). Gray is attempting to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 2016.