Oakland A's MLN: Updates On Rehabs & Releases

Our Oakland A's Minor League Notebook returns with updates on the rehabs for a number of the A's top prospects, including Fautino De Los Santos, Andrew Carignan, Sean Doolittle and more. In addition, we have the latest list of players released from the system inside...

Rehab Updates

A number of the Oakland A's top prospects are spending their off-seasons rehabbing from injuries sustained during the 2009 regular season. We recently received updates from Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman on the progress of some of those rehabs.

Reliever Andrew Carignan, after a standout 2008 season that saw him jump to Double-A and save 28 games while posted a 2.01 ERA for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland, missed virtually the entire 2009 season with arm problems. He has been rehabbing all off-season, a rehab that included a stint at the A's Dominican Fall Instructional camp. The rehab has been progressing as expected and he is scheduled to report to the A's minor league camp for spring training. The end date for his rehab is scheduled for April 1, so he may start the season at extended spring training.

Right-hander Fautino De Los Santos has missed most of the past two seasons with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in 2008. He rehabbed at the A's US and Dominican Instructional camps this fall and is on-target to report to his first big league spring training camp in February. De Los Santos was added to the A's 40-man roster this off-season.

Infielder Jason Christian saw his first full professional season come to an end in mid-July when he injured a shoulder while playing with Low-A Kane County. Christian has had a good recovery from the injury and he is currently expected to be healthy at the start of minor league spring training camp.

Fellow infielder Dusty Coleman isn't progressing as quickly from his injury as his 2009 Kane County teammate Christian. Coleman had surgery on a fractured wrist at the start of the off-season. His rehab is continuing, but it isn't yet clear whether he will be healthy enough to report to minor league camp on time. There is no set date for him to report as of now.

Infielder/outfielder Sean Doolittle is in a similar position as Coleman. Doolittle struggled with a torn patella tendon throughout the 2009 season that limited him to 28 games for Triple-A Sacramento. He originally rehabbed the knee without having surgery to repair the patella tendon. After a number of set-backs with the rehab, however, he had surgery on the tendon at the start of the off-season. Doolittle's rehab is progressing, but there is no date set for when he will report to the A's minor league spring training camp.

Recently Released Prospects

Over the past several weeks, the A's have released six prospects from their system: J.D. Pruitt, Jorge Arrioja, Ronald Ferreras, Jose Oliveros, Luis Reyes and Matt Ray.

Pruitt was the A's 23rd round pick in the 2007 draft. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with short-season Vancouver and set a number of records for being hit by pitches. In 101 games over two seasons, Pruitt posted a .470 OBP and an 835 OPS. He was actually traded by the A's to the San Diego Padres at the end of spring training in 2009 for right-hander Chad Reineke, but Pruitt was returned to Oakland when it was discovered that he was injured. Danny Putnam was eventually sent to San Diego during the season to complete the Reineke transaction. Pruitt missed the entire 2009 season.

Arrioja was signed by the A's as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2005. The right-hander spent the 2009 season with Vancouver. He appeared in 21 games, posting a 2-1 record and a 4.45 ERA. He walked 22 and struck-out 19 in 28.1 innings.

Ferreras was signed by the A's as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic and he had spent parts of the past two seasons with the A's Rookie League team in Phoenix. In 2009, the right-hander made two appearances for the A's Dominican Summer League team before joining the A's Rookie League team for the rest of the season. He posted a 3-0 record and a 6.62 ERA for the AZL A's in 35.1 innings all in relief.

Like Ferreras, Oliveros spent parts of the past two seasons pitching for the A's Rookie League team. Oliveros, who was signed by the A's out of Venezuela, posted a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 relief innings for the AZL A's after posting a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings in the Dominican Summer League in 2009.

Reyes, an undrafted free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic, made his debut pitching in the United States in 2009 after two seasons pitching in the Dominican Summer League. In 16 appearances (five starts) for the A's Rookie League team this season, Reyes posted a 6.38 ERA in 42.1 innings. He also tossed eight innings in the Dominican Summer League.

Ray, an infielder, was the A's 18th round pick in 2007. He spent three seasons in the A's system, playing for Vancouver in 2007 and Low-A Kane County in 2008 and 2009. Ray was a regular for Kane County in 2008, appearing in 105 games and batting .251 with three homers and a 659 OPS. He appeared in 54 games for the Cougars in 2009 before he broke his hand at the end of June. Ray would miss the rest of the season. In 210 games played in the A's system, Ray hit .233 with a .323 OBP while playing second, third and shortstop.

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