Inge insists he'll be ready to return to A's Monday

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Inge insists he'll be ready to return to A's Monday

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SACRAMENTO -- On August 11, Brandon Inge separated his shoulder, popped it back in place, hit the go-ahead RBI single, and remained in the game at third base. That being said, it isn't surprising he expects to be ready to come off the disabled list on Monday when eligible.Inge went 1 for 3 with an RBI double and a walk in his first rehab game. He served as the River Cats designated hitter. "The goal is I come off Monday," Inge said after Thursday's game. "I'm available on Monday."Inge says swinging the bat doesn't bother him. The biggest hurdle is making the throw from third base. He has been playing catch regularly and will be manning the hot corner on Friday in Sacramento. "I didn't foresee any problems from the offensive standpoint," Inge said. "When you come on a rehab start you are just looking for no pain or how you will be able to cope with the pain."RELATED: Brandon Inge career stats 2012 game logs
When asked how his shoulder felt after his first rehab start, Inge said that it felt great. He even took the time after the interview to demonstrate his throwing mechanics. The issue is mainly throwing off-balance. He says that he is likely to feel a little pain when throwing, but he says it is nothing too serious that he can't work through. The A's will have the ultimate say on when they feel Inge is ready to return. They'll want their medical staff to give the go-ahead in order to protect the tough third baseman. They will have a tough decision to make since Josh Donaldson has done an admirable job in Inge's stead. Donaldson is batting .405 with a .450 on-base percentage and .622 slugging percentage since being recalled on August 14. Inge's production at the plate and veteran leadership is important to the A's. He has 11 homers since joining the A's and his 50 RBIs rank third on the team.

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.