Oakland A's MLN: Releases And Injury Updates

Since the end of the regular season, the Oakland A's have released eight minor leaguers. We have that list, as well as injury updates on a number of A's prospects.

Since the end of the minor league season, the Oakland A's have released eight players who were on their US affiliates this season:

Lloyd Turner: Turner was let go after a season during which he appeared in 79 games for Triple-A Sacramento and Single-A Stockton. The utilityman batted a combined .222 with five homers and a 652 OPS. Turner finished the season on an up note, batting .390 over the final 10 games he appeared in during the season for Stockton. He was selected in the 16th round of the 2002 draft out of Kennesaw State. In six minor league seasons, Turner batted .257 with 29 homers and 71 stolen bases. He began his career as an infielder, but added the ability to play in the outfield as his career went on.

Brad Sullivan: Former 2003 A's first round selection Sullivan was let go this off-season after an injury plagued season that saw him appear in only five games for Stockton. The right-hander out of the University of Houston pitched in five minor league seasons for the A's, posting a 9-14 record with a 6.08 ERA. He struggled with arm problems and control issues throughout his time with the A's. His best season came in 2004, when he went 8-11 with a 4.65 ERA in 27 starts for the High-A Modesto A's.

Don Sutton: The son of the Hall of Fame hurler was released after four injury plagued seasons with A's. Sutton spent time as a first baseman and as a catcher in the A's system. He never reached higher than High-A and he finished his career with Oakland with a .256 career average and a 795 career OPS in 115 games. He missed all of the 2007 season with shoulder problems. Sutton will be 24 in late November.

Josh Alliston: A minor league Rule 5 selection by the A's this season, Alliston pitched for Sacramento, Midland and Stockton. In 15 combined appearances, Alliston went 1-1 with a 4.78 ERA in 26.1 innings. Alliston missed the final three months of the season with injury. He was a 21st round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002.

Samuel Hernandez: The infielder was released after three seasons playing for the A's US affiliates. He appeared in 31 games for the Low-A Kane County Cougars this season, batting .221 with a 613 OPS. In 117 games for the A's US affiliates, Hernandez had a career .216 BA with a 600 OPS. He was signed as an international free agent in 2002 out of the Dominican Republic. Hernandez turned 23 in early September.

Angel Corporan: The Dominican infielder was released after two seasons with an A's US affiliate. After batting .269 in 44 games for the A's Rookie League team in 2006, Corporan appeared in only two games in 2007, one for the AZL A's and one for short-season Vancouver. Corporan will turn 22 in November.

Javier James: The Dominican outfielder struggled during his two seasons with the Arizona League A's. In 48 games over two seasons, James hit .187 with a 605 OPS. James turned 22 in March.

Carlos Morales: Morales spent three seasons with the A's Arizona League squad. He spent time playing in the outfield and first base. In 2007, Morales hit .252 with a 737 OPS in 29 games. In his career, Morales batted .245 in 136 games.



Injury Updates

Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman provided us with an injury update on a number of A's prospects:

* 2007 draft pick Danny Hamblin pulled a groin muscle early on in the Instructional League and he will miss the rest of the instructs season.

* Fellow 2007 pick Josh Horton is battling a hand injury that is preventing him from fielding during the Instructional League. He has been able to swing the bat, however.

* Right-hander Craig Italiano, who missed most of the 2007 season after being struck in the forehead with a line-drive, is back on the mound during the Instructional League. He has thrown two simulated games.

* Jared Lansford, who missed most of the 2007 season with a lat problem, is healthy again and is participating in the Hawaiian Winter League. He has made two starts and has allowed two runs in 4.2 innings of work. The right-hander has struck out four and walked one.

* Top outfield prospect Javier Herrera has been cleared to play in the Venezuelan Winter League. Herrera missed much of the second half of the 2007 season hamstring problems.

* Left-hander Brad Halsey is progressing well with his rehab from shoulder troubles.


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