OAKLAND -- Injured starting pitcher Bartolo Colon surprised manager Bob Melvin on Thursday. What was he doing? Playing catch in the outfield. The big right-hander strained an oblique muscle on June 17 against the Padres. Colon is 6-7 with a 4.22 ERA, 55 strikeouts, and just 16 walks in 89.2 innings pitched. He will be placed on the disabled list Saturday prior to Tyson Ross' start. It will be Ross' job to lose until Colon can return. "I think in this game, you make your bed each and every time you go out there," Melvin said. "You can't say now somebody is hurt and this is my spot. You have to go out there and commit to performing and take it one day at a time." Melvin added that Colon could possibly return prior to the All-Star break. A's pitchers have been on fire lately. They have allowed just 22 hits in their last six games which is an Athletics record dating back to 1918. Yes, their record dates back to the deadball era. The starters are 4-1, with six quality starts in their last seven games. The only non quality start came when Colon left the game injured after two innings pitched. "They start feeding off each other," Melvin said. "Each starter now takes it upon himself to be the guy to go out there and keep it rolling." The A's catcher timeshare is in full swing. Melvin said that Derek Norris will be in the lineup and behind the plate Saturday, with Suzuki sitting. "I spoke to both of them yesterday, and told them what the first four or five games are going to look like," Melvin said. "We'll look and see what we are going to do based on each and every series." Yoenis Cespedes will play some games as DH even when fully healthy. He has taken to being the DH, going 3 for 8, with a double and a three run homer. Between innings he goes into the gym and rides the exercise bike. On Wednesday Cespedes said his hamstring is 80-percent, and he doesn't want to play in the outfield until he is fully healthy.Dallas Braden will continue to throw from flat ground. There is still not timetable as to when he might return to the A's active roster."It's been going well as far as strengthening and playing catch," Melvin said. "Until we get him on a mound we won't know."
XON HILL, Md. — A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement.
A seven-time All-Star, Holliday was drafted by Colorado in 1998, traded to Oakland after the 2008 season and then dealt to St. Louis the following July. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games this year, missing substantial time after his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11.
Holliday became a free agent when St. Louis declined his $17 million option.
The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.
Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract.
The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.
The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.
Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.
The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.