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  • Athletics' Ross Stripling: Throws side session Tuesday

    Stripling (finger) threw a side session Tuesday but remains without a firm timetable for his Cactus League debut, reports.

    The right-hander was scratched from Monday's start against the Diamondbacks because of a cut on his right index finger, which was described as minor by manager Mark Kotsay. Stripling did feel well enough to throw Tuesday's side session, so his delayed spring debut should come at some point in the near future.

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  • Athletics' Mitch Spence: Drawing Cactus League start Monday

    Spence, a Rule 5 pick this winter, will start Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks in place of Ross Stripling (finger), reports.

    The right-hander, who logged 39 starts over the last two minor-league seasons with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization, will be evaluated in game action sooner than expected thanks to the cut on Stripling's right index finger. Spence posted an 11-10 mark with a 4.26 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across the 215.1 innings covering the aforementioned sample, but his best chance of sticking on the Athletics' roster is likely as a reliever.

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  • Athletics' Ross Stripling: First spring turn pushed back

    Stripling, who was due to start Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks, will see his turn pushed back at least "a couple of days" due to a minor cut on his right index finger, reports.

    Manager Mark Kotsay didn't imply the issue was too serious, and the fact Stripling is expected to make his delayed debut later in the week seems to bear that out. Mitch Spence, a Rule 5 pick this winter, will slide into Stripling's starting spot for Monday's game.

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  • Athletics' Ross Stripling: Excited about new pitch

    Stripling has begun unveiling a new "Deathball" pitch that he worked on this offseason, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    The veteran right-hander was just acquired from the Giants on Feb. 2 and has already been deploying the pitch in front of his new coaches and teammates. Stripling admits he's still perfecting his use of the offering, which he's primarily used in bullpen sessions thus far and is described as a modified version of a slider that drops straight down late. Stripling plans to use his Cactus League appearances to experiment with it in game situations and decide if he'll be utilizing it in his arsenal when he opens the season as the Athletics' projected No. 3 starter.

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  • Athletics' Mason Miller: Velocity on display early

    Miller, who's projected to open the season in the bullpen, was already "lighting up the radar gun" in his first official bullpen session of spring Thursday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Miller averaged 98.3 mph on his fastball as a rookie last season, but he was limited to just 10 appearances (six starts) due to a UCL sprain on his throwing elbow and posted a solid 3.78 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 33.1 total innings. Miller was managed carefully upon returning from a four-month absence in September while working as a multi-inning reliever, posting a 12.0 K/9 and 0.8 HR/9 across the 12 frames he logged over the final month of the campaign. With a four-pitch arsenal that also includes a slider, cutter and changeup in addition to his elite fastball, Miller could well earn some closing opportunities and will be limited to two innings per outing at most during spring training, per manager Mark Kotsay.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Behind after hip surgery

    Tarnok (hip) is a bit behind schedule at the beginning of Athletics camp, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok needed surgery on his right hip last August and will be eased into things this spring. The 25-year-old will be in the mix for a spot in Oakland's rotation once he's ready to roll, although a trip back to Triple-A Las Vegas to knock some rust off at the start of 2024 seems likely.

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  • Athletics' Sean Newcomb: Slightly behind schedule

    Newcomb (knee) is slightly behind schedule at the start of Athletics camp, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Newcomb had surgery on his left knee in September and on his right knee in December and is still working his way back into shape from those procedures. At this point, he should not be at risk of being unavailable for Opening Day. Newcomb is likely pegged for a long relief role.

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  • Athletics' Francisco Perez: Back in Oakland

    Perez re-signed Thursday with the Athletics on a minor-league contract.

    Just one day after he elected free agency upon being outrighted off Oakland's 40-man roster, Perez opted to stick with the organization on a new deal. The 26-year-old lefty made 17 appearances at the big-league level in 2023, logging a 5.94 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 16.2 innings.

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  • Athletics' Aaron Brooks: Catches on with Oakland

    Brooks signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Friday.

    Brooks will begin his third stint with the Athletics organization, after previously seeing big-league action with the club in the 2015 season and during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He spent the entire 2023 season in the minors with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, logging a 4.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:20 K:BB in 63.2 innings. Brooks will likely open the 2024 campaign as a member of Triple-A Las Vegas' bullpen.

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  • Athletics' Ken Waldichuk: Opens season on 60-day IL

    The Athletics placed Waldichuk (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

    Though Waldichuk has been cleared to play catch at the outset of spring training, he'll need at least two months to complete his throwing progression and get stretched out over a multi-start rehab assignment before he's ready to make his 2024 debut for Oakland. The southpaw was shut down for most of the offseason after he underwent surgery in October to address a UCL sprain as well as flexor tendon damage in his throwing arm.

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  • Athletics' Ken Waldichuk: Ready to throw

    Waldichuk (elbow) was cleared to play catch Wednesday and could be throwing bullpen sessions by the end of spring training, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    The left-hander is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, but ramping up his throwing program during spring training would be encouraging after he underwent surgery to repair UCL damage in his left elbow in October. Assuming there are no further complications, Waldichuk could theoretically be ready for game action by late April or early May.

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  • Athletics' Scott Alexander: Receives contract from Oakland

    Alexander signed a one-year contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Alexander is coming off a down 2023 campaign, having posted a 4.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 31:11 K:BB in 48.1 innings for the Giants. He entered last year with a career 3.00 ERA over parts of eight major-league seasons, however, so the A's will be hoping for something closer to that version. The sinkerballer will provide Oakland with a lefty relief option.

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  • Athletics' Stephen Piscotty: Rejoins Oakland

    Piscotty signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Feb. 3 that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Piscotty enjoyed his best season in the majors with the Athletics in 2018, but his performance has precipitously ever since. He didn't appear in the majors at any point in 2023 and had been a free agent ever since the White Sox released him from his minor-league deal in August. Even though Oakland projects to field one of MLB's weaker lineups in 2024, Piscotty will likely face long odds to break camp with the big club coming out of spring training.

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  • Athletics' Joe Boyle: Could garner No. 5 spot

    Boyle, who impressed in a trio of late-season starts in 2023, could have an edge for the No. 5 role in the Athletics' rotation to open the season, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Gallegos reports general manager David Forst has already strongly implied that Paul Blackburn, JP Sears, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling -- the latter two veteran offseason additions -- will unsurprisingly slot into the top four spots in the rotation. Southpaw Ken Waldichuk (elbow) may eventually join that group when healthy, but he's not expected to be ready for the start of the season; therefore, Boyle, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.81 WHIP across his first three major-league starts last September, could slot into that No. 5 role coming out of spring training. However, he'll have some reasonably experienced competition, including holdovers Luis Medina, Freddy Tarnok (hip) and Adrian Martinez,

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  • Athletics' Brett Harris: Chance to land Opening Day spot

    Harris, who finished the 2023 minor-league season at Triple-A Las Vegas, has a chance to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster with an impressive spring training, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Gallegos notes Harris is clearly behind Jordan Diaz and the switch-hitting Abraham Toro in the hierarchy at the position as spring camp approaches, but the 25-year-old has shown solid upside during his rise through the organizational ranks. Harris earned his promotion to the highest level of the minors with a .283 average and .825 OPS across 69 games with Double-A Midland in 2023, and he more than held his own against Triple-A arms in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League by generating a .271/.347/.419 slash line across 36 games to close out the minor-league campaign. Harris has impressed with his ability to make solid contact -- he's posted a sub-18.5 percent strikeout rate in four professional stops since the beginning of the 2022 season -- and has shown some welcome plate discipline at times with double-digit walk rates at both High-A Lansing and Midland.

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Player Injury
R. Stripling SP Ross Stripling SP Finger
K. Waldichuk SP Ken Waldichuk SP Elbow
F. Tarnok RP Freddy Tarnok RP Hip
Z. Jackson RP Zach Jackson RP Elbow
A. Felipe RP Angel Felipe RP Elbow

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