'Encouraging' news on A's injured pitchers

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'Encouraging' news on A's injured pitchers

OAKLAND -- The A's might need to entertain the idea of going with a six-man rotation. Even then they might have some issues. They say you can never have too much good pitching -- the A's might soon have that "problem" though. On Saturday both Brandon McCarthy and Dallas Braden threw bullpen sessions. They were throwing under the watchful eyes of A's manager Bob Melvin, pitching coach Curt Young, trainer Nick Paparesta, and bullpen coach Rick Rodriguez. After the sessions the team deemed the results encouraging. Both Braden and McCarthy mixed in their full repertoire of pitches and they each threw over 40 pitches. There is no word what the next step will be for either pitcher but it is a positive sign for the A's nonetheless. "Both of them looked good and felt good afterward," Melvin said. Braden went first, warming up with long toss in the outfield. He threw as deep as 110 feet then headed for the bullpen mound. During his session Rodriguez stood in as if he was a batter. McCarthy started long toss as Braden's session winded down. He didn't make as many warm up throws in the outfield or throw from the distance Braden did. He then hit the bullpen mound and completed his session. And then there's this guy Pitching in a game for the first time in over a year today...weird Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) July 21, 2012Brett Anderson will be starting for the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark in a 7:05 p.m. game. He will be throwing 45 pitchers or three innings -- whichever comes first. It will be his first start in a professional game since June 5, 2011. A's starting pitchers have an American League-best 3.71 ERA. As a result they don't need to rush the return of any of the starting pitchers on the mend. Anderson and McCarthy could factor into the A's rotation soon though. Braden is behind them slightly.

A's issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

A's issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

On Friday, the city of Oakland released a detailed framework for a planned stadium for the Raiders.

A day later, the A's issued the following statement in response to Oakland's plan.

"Oakland is an incredible sports town that deserves world class facilities. We wish the Raiders the best in their stadium quest. Our work is independent of theirs. We are focused on building a ballpark in our hometown for our fans."

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland.

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The A’s didn’t add any players during the four-day winter meetings, but they did wave goodbye to one.

Minor league right-hander Dylan Covey was scooped up by the Chicago White Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox pay the A’s $50,000 for his rights, and he must either remain on their 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or be offered back to Oakland for $25,000.

The 25-year-old Covey, ranked the A’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com, was an Arizona Fall League standout this offseason after working his way back from an oblique injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season.

“We’ll see what happens,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “He certainly was as deserving as anybody of being protected (on the A’s 40-man roster), we just ran out of spots. Good for him to get this opportunity.”

As for ways Oakland might supplement its own roster, that task continues.

The A’s held plenty of discussions over four days spent at the sprawling Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but those talks didn’t bear fruit in their search for a center fielder. They had trade dialogue with the Kansas City Royals regarding Jarrod Dyson, a blazing runner and potential leadoff man, but couldn’t find common ground.

As the holidays approach, the A’s will continue to scan the free agent market and explore trade opportunities.

“My guess is there are plenty of things we talked about this week that have legs, and those conversations will continue over the next few weeks,” Forst said. “We’ve got two months until pitchers and catchers report, four months until the season. We’re not the only ones leaving here without actually consummating something.”

The Orioles are another team reportedly trying to pry Dyson from the Royals. Another center fielder mentioned as being available is Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, although reports suggest Cincinnati isn’t in a rush to move him.

Dexter Fowler is the best free agent center fielder still on the market, although Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis seem to fall more in the A’s price range.

Forst was asked how much urgency there is to the center field search.

“I’m not confident they’re gonna be there all winter, there’s only a certain number of guys,” he said. “We’re not going to risk anything to jump out (and do something) we wouldn’t otherwise do. But we think we’re being diligent.

“We cast a wide net, and we continue to. We have to keep doing that just to make sure — free agents, trades, different kinds of players, platoons, whatever. I think we have to keep our toes in every option.”

As for other areas the A’s can improve, they may look to add a veteran starting pitcher. Just speculation, but Doug Fister is one free agent whose price tag figures to be reasonable, and he’s a Northern California native. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the A’s simply invited a veteran to camp on a minor league contract to see if they can find a diamond in the rough, or at least someone to provide competition.

A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane mentioned second base as an area of concern because of injury issues (Jed Lowrie) and inexperience (Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder), but it’s very possible the A’s stick with their in-house options.