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 Latest Oakland Athletics Player Notes:

Dec 14 2017 - Stephen Piscotty
  OF Stephen Piscotty was acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock. Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year contract through the 2022 season.


Nov 30 2017 - Yusmeiro Petit
  RHP Yusmeiro Petit agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Athletics on Thursday. Petit, 33, is slated to earn $3.5 million in 2018 and $5.5 million in 2019. There is a contract option for 2020 at $5.5 million with a $1 million buyout. Petit was 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA for the Angels last season. He struck out 101 and walked just 18 in 91 1/3 innings.


Nov 9 2017 - Mark Canha
  OF Mark Canha had arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist to remove a cyst, the team announced. The surgery was performed at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin removed a cyst from Canha's right wrist and expects him to be ready for spring training, the team announced.


Nov 2 2017 - Jed Lowrie
  2B Jed Lowrie's $6 million contract option for the 2018 season was exercised on Thursday, the Oakland Athletics announced. Lowrie's deal included a $1 million buyout if the option had been declined. The 33-year-old Lowrie batted .277 with 14 homers, 69 RBIs and a franchise-best 49 doubles in 153 games last season.


Oct 29 2017 - Bruce Maxwell
  C Bruce Maxwell, the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem this season to protest racial injustice, was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at a female food delivery worker in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to Scottsdale police, officers went to Maxwell's home Saturday night after getting a call about a person with a gun. The woman told police that Maxwell pointed the gun at her. Maxwell, 26, was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. He was being held in custody awaiting an initial court appearance, Scottsdale police said. Maxwell hit .237 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 76 games this season. He made his major league debut with the A's in 2016.


Oct 10 2017 - Blake Treinen
  RHP Blake Treinen underwent successful surgery on his right middle finger. Dr. McPherson Beall removed a cyst along Treinen's finger on Friday in Portland, Ore. Treinen is expected to be fully recovered in six weeks and have no restrictions for spring training, according to the Athletics. Treinen, 29, was acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade July 16 and ended up saving 13 games with the A's. He went 3-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 35 appearances with Oakland. His ERA was third-lowest in the American League among pitchers with more than 35 innings from July 17 through the end of the season.


Oct 9 2017 - Blake Treinen
  RHP Blake Treinen underwent successful surgery on his right middle finger, the team announced Monday. Dr. McPherson Beall removed a cyst along Treinen's finger on Friday in Portland, Ore. Treinen is expected to be fully recovered in six weeks and have no restrictions for spring training, according to the Athletics.


Oct 1 2017 - Daniel Mengden
  RHP Daniel Mengden set a season high with eight strikeouts as he allowed just four singles in seven scoreless innings. Over his last four starts, Mengden allowed just four earned runs in 30 innings, going 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA. " A huge amount of confidence for me," Mengden said. "For our team, I know this last month we did really well. Looking forward to next year. To boost confidence and come in here and do what I did, I really look forward to next year."


Oct 1 2017 - Blake Treinen
  RHP Blake Treinen worked around a two-out double to record his 16th save Sunday. Treinen finished the season with 10 straight scoreless outings over 9 1/3 innings. He allowed just 10 earned runs in 38 innings since being acquired from Washington on July 16.


Oct 1 2017 - Jed Lowrie
  2B Jed Lowrie extended his Oakland club record with his 49th double of the season. Lowrie set the club mark earlier in the series. His 49 doubles are two better than the 47 Jason Giambi had for the A's in 2001.


Oct 1 2017 - Khris Davis
  OF Khris Davis set a career high when he hit his 43rd homer of the season in the eighth inning Sunday. He had 42 homers for Oakland last year. Davis, who went 2-for-4, now has 18 career home runs in 129 at-bats against the Rangers. His 43-homer season was the fifth best in Oakland history. "That's really cool," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "You look at the history of our organization, whether it's he or whether it's Jed (Lowrie), those are things that need to be celebrated."


Oct 1 2017 - Matt Chapman
  3B Matt Chapman had an RBI double to start the scoring in the third inning for Oakland. Chapman ends the season with a six-game hitting streak. He finished 1-for-2 and built his strong year around success against Texas. In 10 games vs. the Rangers, he had four doubles, two homers and six RBIs with a .389 average.


Oct 1 2017 - Kendall Graveman
  RHP Kendall Graveman, who made his last start of the season on Wednesday, is finishing his 2017 season in the role of visiting clubhouse assistant to keep himself busy. During the season-ending series with the Rangers, Graveman has been assisting the clubhouse attendants with their daily chores -- laundry, cleaning cleats, passing out food, among a host of other tasks. He arrived for work at 1 CDT on Saturday to help with dishes. "Day 2 of that," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I hope that's not one extra guy I have to tip. I know the guys are getting a kick out of it."


Oct 1 2017 - Matt Joyce
  OF Matt Joyce was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his career-high 25th, in Oakland's 8-4 loss to Texas on Saturday. The long ball snapped a 13-game homerless streak. He will finish the season on Sunday with career bests in runs, walks, doubles, extra-base hits, strikeouts, and at-bats. If he plays on Sunday, he would establish a career high for games in a season at 142. He might not get there. Manager Bob Melvin said Joyce won't start after straining a hamstring chasing a ball in right field on Saturday. "For a guy that got off to a slow start, for him to finish the way he did ... after the first month or month and a half of the season, he's been a real consistent performer," manager Bob Melvin said. "Power-wise, probably as good as any year that's he's had."


Oct 1 2017 - Khris Davis
  DH Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in Oakland's 8-4 loss to Texas on Saturday. In the Texas series, Davis is 5-for-9 with two doubles, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored. He entered having homered three times in his last seven games, while becoming the second player in Athletics franchise history with back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Jimmie Foxx did it three straight seasons from 1932-34. He enters the final day of the season one home run ahead of Texas' Joey Gallo for second in the AL.


Oct 1 2017 - Daniel Gossett
  RHP Daniel Gossett (4-11) took the loss in the A's 8-4 loss to Texas on Saturday. He gave up four runs -- all in the second -- on five hits and a walk over 12/3 innings. Gossett recorded two outs after Joey Gallo's two-run home run in the second, but he couldn't get the third, and wound up throwing 30 pitches in the inning before leaving. Gossett, 24, is working on his second stint with the club after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Since then he is 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA. He said he believes his stuff "can play" at this level. "I have to trust myself to pitch," Gossett said. "I know I'm a better pitcher than I've been showing lately. I think I let mental things get in the way. It's something to learn from. You've got to work on that as much as the physical stuff."


Sep 30 2017 - Jed Lowrie
  2B Jed Lowrie set a club record with his fourth-inning double. It was his 48th double of the season, which is a new Oakland record. Lowrie had shared the mark with Jason Giambi, who had 47 in 2001. Lowrie is also batting .329 in September.


Sep 30 2017 - Raul Alcantara
  RHP Raul Alcantara continues to struggle at Globe Life Park. Alcantara gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings on five hits. The outing actually dropped his ERA in Arlington from 11.74 to 10.50. "He had good stuff again today," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "The home run (to Shin-Soo Choo) was his undoing, gave up a couple runs there and third start out. Not used to throwing that many pitches, but I thought he finished off on a good note. He was hitting 96 again. Whether he's a starter or reliever, he shows back in the mix with us."


Sep 30 2017 - Renato Nunez
  DH Renato Nunez collected his first major league homer and RBI with his three-run shot in the seventh inning. Nunez led the Pacific Coast League with 32 homers but Friday was different. "Amazing," he said. "It's a moment that's been in my dreams all my life, so that's pretty exciting."


Sep 30 2017 - Matt Chapman
  3B Matt Chapman went 1-for-4 with a double as he continues to torture Texas pitching. In eight games against the Rangers, Chapman has 12 hits, six runs scored, three doubles, two homers and five RBIs.


Sep 29 2017 - Chad Pinder
  INF Chad Pinder won't play again this year as he continues to recover from concussion symptoms after hitting the wall in Oakland Aug. 22. Pinder is feeling better and has been able to sleep, but manager Bob Melvin doesn't think there's any point in him playing again and wants him to focus on getting healthy. The rookie will finish the year with a .238 average, 15 homers and 42 RBIs in 87 games.


Sep 29 2017 - Matt Chapman
  3B Matt Chapman hit his 14th homer of the season to open the fifth inning. Chapman was in a 7-for-49 slide entering the game but walked in his first at-bat before the homer. He's now 11-for-24 against Texas this year with two homers, six RBIs, two doubles and six runs scored. "He had a rough go, but you would never know," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "When you win, that's all he cares about. He's going to be a heck of an offensive player."


Sep 29 2017 - Sean Manaea
  LHP Sean Manaea allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings on three singles. It was his longest outing since he pitched 6 2/3 innings Sept. 1 at Seattle. The win for Manaea was his first in Arlington as he came into the game 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in three starts in Texas. He finished the season by winning four of its final six starts. "It was awesome," Manaea said "Especially how the season's gone, it's been a lot more downs than ups, but that's what makes you grow as a pitcher. Overall, this season taught me a lot, and now I'm really excited to take those things into the offseason, work on them and get ready for 2018."


Sep 29 2017 - Blake Treinen
  RHP Blake Treinen continued his recent run with a scoreless ninth to pick up his 15th save. Treinen hasn't allowed a run in his last nine games, pitching 8 1/3 scoreless innings.


Sep 29 2017 - Ryon Healy
  DH Ryon Healy extended Oakland's lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning with a two-run single. Healy is batting .329 over the last 37 games. That came after a stretch in which he batted just .187 in a 29-game span. Healy went 2-for-4 and now has 45 multi-hit games, which leads the A's.