Notes: Anderson sore, no MRI results yet


Notes: Anderson sore, no MRI results yet

DETROIT -- Late Wednesday night A's starting pitcher Brett Anderson underwent and MRI on his strained right oblique. The team doesn't have the results. Right after Anderson returned from the hospital he detailed how the injury occurred and how his side feels. The A's are optimistic that he won't have to miss much time."We don't have the results from the MRI but he's sore," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It tells me there is a good chance he won't make his next start, beyond that we are not sure."
REWIND: Anderson exits game early with oblique strain 'Fluke injury'
Anderson is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts since returning from "Tommy John" surgery. He has never had an oblique injury before. He described the situation as frustrating after recently returning from 14 months on the DL while recovering from his left elbow injury. "Its pretty disheartening the way Ive been throwing," Anderson said early Thursday morning. "To come back after surgery and six starts into it have some other kind of fluke injury that I dont really know how it happened."The plan in place, if Anderson indeed cannot pitch, is that Travis Blackley will pitch on Saturday in New York and Dan Straily will take Anderson's spot Monday in Texas. The A's had already decided to start Blackley in New York prior to Anderson's injury. Blackley is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starting assignments for the A's this season.RELATED: Brett Anderson game logs
"I'm psyched about it," Blackley said on Wednesday night. "It's good to know you can be trusted and to take the reigns when needed. I'm trying to treat it like any other game and try to get outs.""Travis Blackley has done a terrific job for us in a number of roles," Melvin added. "We have a lot of confidence in him. We have a lot of confidence in the rest of our young starters as well." Melvin noted that Blackley, a left-handed pitcher, might be a better option in New York because of all the left-handed hitters and the short porch in right field. If Dan Straily, a right-handed pitcher, takes Anderson's spot on Monday in Texas, he likes the match up because the Rangers have a righty-heavy lineup. "If Brett doesn't pitch we are better going in that route anyway," Melvin explained. "That was one of the factors before Brett even got hurt. I think we've been pretty consistent in trying to match up the best we can whether it's with the lineup or the pitchers."It appears that Straily might have been on the verge of losing his spot in the starting rotation before Anderson strained his oblique. Straily is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five starts. The A's have won four of his five starts, but he has allowed eight home runs and New York has a lineup full of power hitters. -- Yoenis Cespedes has been playing through a bone bruise on the bottom of his right foot. Melvin says he isn't sure how the injury occurred but the young outfielder has had been bothered by it since the home stand. It doesn't appear to be a serious issue. Cespedes played center field on Wednesday night. Expect him to DH a bit more lately until it subsides. "He'll be day to day as far as playing the outfield," Melvin said. "It was bothering him some yesterday but he knew with Coco out if he could do it he'd go out and play."-- Coco Crisp has made progress with his pink eye issues. He has a better chance to play in New York on Friday. The A's are 62-43 when Crisp starts and 22-21 when he doesn't. Their offense doesn't seem to be clicking without Crisp. Here's a look at Melvin's lineup card for Thursday. There are several modifications. Oakland Athletics (84-64) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, DH
Chris Carter, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B
The lineup looks this way mainly because Crisp is out. There may be more reasons behind the slight shuffle but Melvin didn't want to tip his hand."At times we just look at a little change of scenery it's not a huge change there's actually a couple reasons that I just won't go into today, maybe a little later," Melvin said. "Same cast members for the most part." The tarp was on the field all night in Detroit and it was raining up until noon. The tarp is now off the field and it looks like the game will start on time.

Manaea felt 'little sharp pain', but status of shoulder not immediately known

Manaea felt 'little sharp pain', but status of shoulder not immediately known

ANAHEIM — Sean Manaea is hopeful his left shoulder injury isn’t serious, but the A’s likely won’t have a full read on the starter’s condition for a couple days.

As of Wednesday night, no MRI was scheduled after Manaea left after just two innings of an eventual 8-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels with tightness in his shoulder.

“I felt it a little bit in the bullpen,” Manaea said. “I thought it was just one of those days where it took me longer to warm up, and that just wasn’t the case. It’s just really unfortunate.”

Just as the A’s are about to welcome Kendall Graveman back to the active roster Thursday, when he starts the series finale at Angel Stadium, and just as it appears Sonny Gray might be ready to come off the disabled list following one more rehab start, the A’s are hoping they don’t see Manaea subtracted from their rotation for any period of time.

Manager Bob Melvin said it was the top of Manaea’s shoulder that was bothering him.

“The velo was down, and it didn’t make sense to have him keep pitching,” Melvin said. “But we won’t know anything probably for a day or two, how he feels.”

Once he started throwing in the game, Manaea said he felt “kind of a little sharp pain. I mean, it’s nothing serious. I’ve dealt with it before and it only took me a few days to get back on the mound. To me, I’m not really worried about it.”

The pitcher added that he experienced a similar situation with his shoulder while a minor leaguer in Kansas City’s organization, toward the end of spring training, and he missed minimal time.

Things didn’t get better for the A’s (10-11) after Manaea exited, as they struck out 13 times and played sloppy defensively in dropping their third in a row. Catcher Stephen Vogt couldn’t handle Ryan Dull’s glove flip to the plate on a seventh-inning squeeze play, ending a streak of six errorless games for Oakland, but Melvin can live with occasional physical misplays. More problematic were occasions when right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Jaff Decker both seemed caught by surprise to see Angels runners take off for an extra base. Whether it was a lack of communication from infielders or the outfielders themselves needing to be more aware, the A’s can’t afford those kinds of mistakes.

“As a group, we can’t let that happen,” Melvin said. “We talk about it in advance meetings the way these guys run the bases. It’s not something we can do and expect to beat this team.”

Added Vogt: “We were on our heels quite a bit. This was obviously not the prettiest baseball game we’ve played.”

Instant Replay: Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

Instant Replay: Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels


ANAHEIM – The A’s endured one of those nights Wednesday when the scoreboard couldn’t convey the extent of their blues.

The tone of an 8-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels was set early, when starting pitcher Sean Manaea left after two innings with what was announced as tightness in his throwing shoulder.

From there, things gradually unraveled as the A’s lost their third in a row and took on what looks to be another injury to a key player. The seriousness of Manaea’s injury wasn’t immediately known, but his early exit added to the recent run of medical misfortune, as center fielder Rajai Davis, shortstop Marcus Semien and starter Kendall Graveman have all hit the disabled list over the past 12 days.

Graveman will be activated Thursday and start against the Angels, but Manaea’s condition will loom large as the 25-year-old lefty is considered a foundation piece for the A’s, now and for the future.

The A’s trailed 4-3 in the seventh when the Angels pulled away with four runs off Ryan Dull. Matt Joyce’s two-run homer in the eighth pulled them closer but they lost for the second night in a row at Angel Stadium and will have to win Thursday night to avoid a sweep. Wednesday’s loss dropped them back below .500 at 10-11.

Starting pitching report:
It was obvious early that something was bothering Manaea. His fastball, which usually sits in the low 90’s and gets into the mid-90’s, was hovering in the 88-89 range. The A’s led 2-0 before the Angels struck for three runs in the second. Danny Espinosa and Martin Maldonado each delivered RBI doubles that landed just past the diving reach of right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Jaff Decker, respectively. Another run scored on Cameron Maybin’s single.

Bullpen report:
Frankie Montas gave up a run over 2 1/3 innings after being called into early duty when Manaea got hurt. Dull, trying to keep it a 4-3 game, did not have his command in the seventh. He threw a wild pitch, hit Danny Espinosa with a 1-2 pitch and then allowed Maybin’s two-run single that keyed Los Angeles’ four-run seventh.

At the plate:
It was a big night for Yonder Alonso, who had a two-run single in the first and then homered in the sixth to pull Oakland within 4-3. Alonso already has four homers, putting more than halfway to his 2016 total of seven in the season’s first month. The A’s struck out 13 times, giving them 24 strikeouts over the first two games of this series.

In the field:
It took until the seventh inning for the A’s to be charged with an error that snapped their streak of six consecutive errorless games. Stephen Vogt couldn’t hold on to Dull’s glove flip on Martin Maldonado’s squeeze bunt. But even before then, this wasn’t a sharp defensive effort. Joyce got caught off guard in the fourth when Maybin tagged up and made it to second on a fly to right. Joyce’s gesturing afterward seemed to suggest nobody was letting him now the runner was tagging. An inning later, Decker seemed stunned as the lumbering Albert Pujols went first to third on Andrelton Simmons’ single.

The announced crowd was 30,248.

Up next:
Kendall Graveman (2-0, 2.00) is set to come off the D.L. on Thursday and make his first start since April 14, when he was lost to a strained right shoulder. He’ll be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 4.76), who took the Opening Night loss against the A’s at the Coliseum when he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.