A's Insider notes: The haunting Disabled List

A's Insider notes: The haunting Disabled List

May 20, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVEA'S PAGE A'SVIDEO
RECAP BOX SCOREPaul Gutierrez
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Our A's Insider takes a look at the status of the A's after the Giants' 2-1 extra-innings victory over visiting Oakland on Friday night in the opener of a three-game interleague series at AT&T Park.

Two doors close, two more open: To call it a double-whammy would be doing it an injustice. The A's, did, after all, lose 25 of their rotation in the span of 90 minutes on Thursday. That the team waited until Friday afternoon before the Bay Bridge Interleague Series opener to announce Tyson Ross (left oblique) and Brandon McCarthy (right scapula) heading to the 15-day disabled lies only heightened the hysteria. Especially since neither Oakland now needs starters for Monday and Tuesday in Anaheim. "You don't want to see anybody go on the DL," said A's manager Bob Geren. "But at the same time, it's an exciting opportunity. We look forward, not backward."

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So who replaces Ross and McCarthy?: Geren acknowledged that a pair of Triple-A starters in left-hander Josh Outman (4-1, 4.78 ERA) and right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (3-2, 4.02) are in the mix. But Bobby Cramer, who made the A's opening day roster, is probably not, since he is on the River Cats' disabled list, and while he is eligible to come off on Sunday, he does have a balky back and he has not pitched in a week. Another name to keep an eye on - Armando Galarraga, who was DFA'd by Arizona following Tuesday's game. The right-hander, who had a perfect game taken from him by a blown call last season, struggled in eight starts for the Diamondbacks, going 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA. A change of scenery might do wonders for him and he obviously already has big league experience. Space on the 40-man roster would have to be made, though, and if McCarthy's injury is serious, he could potentially be moved to the 60-day D.L.
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Remember Rich Harden?: More than a few Tweets came in asking me how close the oft-injured right-hander Rich Harden was to returning to the major league. The good news -- he is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled Saturday. The bad news -- he has yet to play catch since being shelved in spring training with a strained right shoulder. "I'm just working my way back, doing some strengthening exercises," Harden said. "It feels good, really good. I don't see myself out there in the immediate future, though." So I asked him if being unable to help, what with three starting pitchers, including Dallas Braden, was especially tough to take. "Absolutely, yeah," he said. "Especially now, when things are going so well. You want to step in and contribute. But you can't."McCarthy muses: McCarthy said this is the fourth time he's dealt with a stress reaction-type injury in his pitching shoulder. The difference this time, he hopes, is this one was caught early enough to ward off significant time on the DL "The goal," he said, "is not to miss the entire season." McCarthy said he anticipates missing "three or four starts" and hopes to begin throwing within two weeks time. The worst part of it, he said, is "dealing with a couple days of self-pity." He said he had been dealing with "weird things" for a few weeks and had an MRI Thursday morning. He got the results and suggestion to shut it down some 90 minutes before Ross left Thursday's outing after seven pitches. "That's what really broke my heart," McCarthy said. "It makes you feel like a piece of (dung)." So what will McCarthy do in the meantime? "Ice. Wallow. And be sarcastic," he said.Blevins, Devine and De Los Santos called up: With Ross and McCarthy put on the DL, and Trystan Magnuson shipped back to Triple-A Sacramento, the A's called up three relievers from the River Cats. A few familiar faces in lefty Jerry Blevins and Joey Devine made the trip, as did right-handed rookie Fautino De Los Santos. Devine and De Los Santos are both Tommy John Surgery alums. "(My control) is very different," De Los Santos said, in Spanish. "Before, I couldn't control my location. Now, my mechanics are much better." De Los Santos said he hit 100 mph on the radar gun last season, 99 mph this season. Devine, meanwhile, was the A's closer-in-waiting in 2008, before injury struck. His expectations after not allowing an earned run in 11 appearances, over 12 13 innings, while giving up four hits, striking out 17 and walking one? "Zero expectations," he said. "I'm just blessed to put on the uniform." Devine said the birth of his son Mason Joseph on April 11 took pressure off of him to perform. "It feels like things are starting to come together," he said. "All the hard work and patience, it feels like it's paying off."

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Smith, the Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator, passed away on Monday in Arizona. He was 41 years old. 

“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

Smith served as the A’s Minor League Video Coordinator for eight seasons. He was instrumental in the creation of the department in 2009. Before joining the A’s, he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2007. 

Funeral services are pending.

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MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

A full Postseason share for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was worth $368,871.59, while a full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians totaled $261,804.65, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Last year’s share amounts were $370,069.03 for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and $300,757.78 for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.  The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.  The 2016 players’ pool was a record total of $76,627,827.09, eclipsing last year’s $69,882,149.26.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $27,586,017.75; value of each of full share: $368,871.59) – The Cubs issued 66 full shares, a total of 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.

American League Champions

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $18,390,678.50; value of each of full share: $261,804.65) – The Indians issued 60 full shares, a total of 8.75 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,741.24) – The Dodgers issued 65 full shares, a total of 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,045.09) – The Blue Jays issued 66 full shares, a total of 7.75 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $33,761.22) – The Red Sox issued 61 full shares, a total of 10.686 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $36,443.03) – The Giants issued 57 full shares, a total of 10.5 partial shares and nine cash awards.

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $38,422.69) – The Rangers issued 54 full shares, a total of 10.19 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Washington Nationals (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $35,442.68) – The Nationals issued 60 full shares, a total of 10.209 partial shares and one cash award.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Baltimore Orioles (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $18,351.02) – The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 8.36 partial shares and 30 cash awards.

New York Mets (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $17,951.65) – The Mets issued 51 full shares, a total of 12.75 partial shares and five cash awards.

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