Oakland A's MLN: Extended Spring Update

Although Jemile Weeks, Jeremy Barfield and others have graduated from extended spring training in recent weeks, there are still a number of talented players competing in Phoenix. We checked in with Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman to see how some of those players are doing at extended. We also have news and notes from Thursday's action...

Extended Update

There is mixed injury news coming from extended spring training. According to Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, starter Fautino De Los Santos has had a set-back in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He won't return to the mound until the middle of June, which will push back his debut date with a full-season A's affiliate. Set-backs in recovery from Tommy John surgery are not uncommon. De Los Santos had the surgery a year ago.

The injury news is even worse for catcher Joel Galarraga, who was impressive during his brief stint with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He hit .357 in 13 games with Sacramento before being placed on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Galarraga will be having surgery on that shoulder, according to Lieppman. There isn't yet a timeframe for his return.

The news is better in regards to reliever Andrew Carignan. The right-hander has been at extended spring training all season rehabbing a sore forearm. He recently threw an inning in an extended spring training game and Lieppman reported that Carignan's velocity was good. Carignan will continue to be monitored in game action at extended spring for the next few weeks to determine if he is healthy enough to join a full-season affiliate.

First-baseman/outfielder Sean Doolittle is making slow, but steady progress in rehabbing his sprained knee. Lieppman indicated that Doolittle is in the "beginning-to-middle" stages of the rehab and the injury could wind-up costing Doolittle six-to-eight weeks total. He has been out since May 8th. Reliever Arnold Leon is rehabbing an injury with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds.

Lieppman also noted that outfielder Rashun Dixon and infielder Nino Leyja are competing in extended spring training games and are making progress in improving their games. Dixon and Leyja are set to report to the A's short-season A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, later this month. Uber-prospect Michael Ynoa has yet to start competing in extended games. He is in preparation mode to participate in the Arizona Rookie League later this month.

Thursday's Game Action

- Right-hander Jason Fernandez threw the A's system's first nine-inning complete game of the season for Double-A Midland on Thursday. Fernandez scattered six hits and didn't walk a batter in the 4-1 Midland win. He struck-out six and lowered his ERA to 3.92. It was Fernandez's sixth win of the season. Adrian Cardenas went 3-3 with a double and a stolen base to pace the Rockhounds. Matt Spencer homered for his second straight game.

- Outfielder Matt Carson became the second A's prospect (Jeremy Barfield was the first) to hit three homeruns in one game. Carson helped the Sacramento River Cats beat the Salt Lake Bees by a score of 19-10. The River Cats pounded out 21 hits in the win. Chris Denorfia had four hits, including two doubles and a triple, while Danny Putnam and Daric Barton each drove home four runs. Both Barton and Putnam homered to give the River Cats five homers in the game. They also stole four bases, including two from Eric Patterson, who also had three hits.

- California League rules caused the Stockton Ports to have a rare suspended game on Thursday night. The game was halted because of curfew after the 14th inning in Stockton's tilt with High Desert. The score was 5-5 and the game will be completed tonight before the scheduled Friday night game. Jemile Weeks hit his third homerun in eight games and Christian Vitters also homered for the Ports, his third of the season.

- The Kane County Cougars fell into a tie for first place with a 5-4 extra-inning loss. Steve Kleen hit a three-run homer to pace the Kane County offense. Brett Hunter had a blown save when he allowed a run on three walks and no hits in an inning of work. Jamie Richmond was stuck with the loss by allowing a run in 2.1 innings.

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