Dallas Bradens woes, already unfortunate, havesignificantly worsened.The As left-hander had exploratory surgery on his shoulder,which revealed Braden had a torn rotator cuff, Hardball Talk reported. Bradenhasnt pitched since April 2011 after having surgery to repair a torn capsule.Braden may now miss all of next season while his rotatorcuff recovers, meaning he could go nearly three full seasons without pitching.Rotator cuff tears also have the potential to be career ending.As head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta told the San JoseMercury News that Bradens rotator cuff was fine when he had the surgery forthe torn capsule. He therefore likely tore the rotator cuff while trying tocomeback from the first surgery.Braden threw a perfect game on Mothers Day in 2010 and hada 3.50 ERA that year. In 18 innings in 2011, Braden allowed six earned runs andhad a 1-1 record.The 29-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the As,is earning 3.35 million this season and is up for arbitration at the end ofthis year.
The A's hit a lot of home runs and they appear to be bringing back a player that hits a lot of home runs.
Chris Carter, who played for the A's from 2010 through 2012, is reportedly signing a minor league contract to return to the organization.
News of the deal was first reported by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Carter was released by the Yankees on July 10. In 62 games for New York, Carter hit .201/.284/.370 with five doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI.
Over the previous four seasons between Houston and Milwaukee, Carter hit 131 home runs and drove in 328 runs.
Carter's high-water mark with the A's came in 2012 when he hit 16 home runs in 67 games.
chris carter signs with a's— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 20, 2017
carter will begin in triple-a with the a's— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 20, 2017
OAKLAND — Sonny Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.
Matt Joyce hit a towering homer to the right-field seats in the eighth for Oakland.
Rajai Davis doubled home Oakland's first run in the fifth then Joyce followed with a tying sacrifice fly before Davis scurried home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Gray (6-4) won his third straight start and fourth in five. When speculation arose from the White Sox side before his Friday outing that the right-hander had been scratched because of a possible deal, the A's quickly announced that he was indeed taking the mound for his scheduled outing.
After a pair of one-run defeats to begin this series, the A's avoided being swept by the Rays in Oakland for the first time. This already marked just their third lost series at home to Tampa Bay.
Gray allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks.
The Rays got three straight singles off Gray to start the fourth inning, including an RBI single by Wilson Ramos. Brad Miller also drove in a run on a groundout.
But Oakland finally got to Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Faria (4-1) in the fifth. With seven straight quality starts to begin his career, Faria took his first big league loss.
A's All-Star Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the inning, when Faria had two of his four walks. He allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, striking out four.
Alonso was thrown out at home in the first when he tried to go from first on Khris Davis' double to right. The throw beat him so handily Alonso didn't even try to slide and instead ran behind the plate before turning for the dugout.
Rays: RF Steven Souza Jr. exited the game in the first after straining his left hip trying to steal second after drawing a leadoff walk to start the game. Shane Peterson replaced him. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated once the team arrives home. ... Manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell would make his next turn in the rotation despite still being winless at 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 11 starts. "He's going to pitch well," Cash said.
Athletics: The A's hope to have Chad Pinder back from the DL and a strained left hamstring when they return home from an upcoming seven-game trip to the New York Mets and Toronto. Manager Bob Melvin plans to use him as a utilityman. ... RHP Kendall Graveman allowed five hits and four runs with one strikeout and a walk on 46 pitches in 2 1/3 innings with Triple-A Nashville rehabbing his strained pitching shoulder. RHP Jharel Cotton (blister on his right thumb) also pitched in the game, striking out six in 3 1/3 innings, while Pinder was 0 for 2 with a walk and strikeout for the Sounds.
Rays: With the Rays back home, RHP Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.59 ERA) takes the ball in Friday's series opener against Yu Darvish and Texas having not faced the Rangers since April 6, 2014.
Athletics: After Thursday's day off following a cross-country flight, RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA) pitches the series opener at the Mets in his fourth career start.