Oakland A's MLN: Carignan Progressing

In this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we have rehab updates for Andrew Carignan, Sean Doolittle and Joel Galarraga, as well as news on two recent minor league signings and the night's minor league action.

Rehab Updates

After more than a year of rehabbing an arm injury, Oakland A's relief prospect Andrew Carignan may finally be nearing the end of his rehab program. According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Carignan threw an inning in an extended spring training game on Monday. There isn't a timetable on Carignan's return to regular season action, but Carignan is "healthy and progressing," according to Lieppman.

The news isn't as good for first baseman/outfielder Sean Doolittle, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn patella tendon. Doolittle has suffered a setback in his rehab and has returned to physical therapy. According to Lieppman, Doolittle is focusing on strengthening his legs in physical therapy.

Catcher Joel Galarraga is also continuing his rehab from an injury he suffered last season. The Cuban native had shoulder surgery last season and has remained in extended spring training to continue to strengthen that shoulder.

It may be just as well that Galarraga is rehabbing the injury. The A's already have a backlog of catchers, thanks in part to the A's decision to keep Jake Fox, rather than Landon Powell, as the team's back-up catcher. With Powell in Triple-A sharing time behind the plate with Josh Donaldson, Anthony Recker was forced down to Double-A Midland to share time with Yusuf Carter. The Stockton Ports also have a catcher back-log with Ryan Ortiz, Petey Paramore and Dusty Napoleon on the roster and the Kane County Cougars are carrying three catchers with Max Stassi, Chris Affinito and Juan Nunez on the roster.

A's Sign Two Minor League Arms

The A's have recently come to terms with two minor league pitchers, right-handers Harrison Bishop and Dan McDaniel. Both are currently at extended spring training.

Bishop was the Pittsburgh Pirates' 17th round pick in 2007. He was recently released by Pittsburgh. The University of Washington alum had a 5.02 ERA in 80.2 relief innings in 2009 for High-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League. Bishop has a career ERA of 4.07 in 166 innings, all in relief. He has averaged a strike-out per inning during his three-year minor league career. Bishop is a hard-thrower, with his fastball sitting in the low- to mid-90s. He also has a hard slider.

McDaniel is a former Chicago Cubs' prospect. The right-hander was the Cubs' 14th round pick in 2008. He is a Bay Area native, having been born in Hayward. McDaniel went to California High School in San Ramon and attended Chabot College. McDaniel spent all of last season with Daytona of the Florida State League, where he posted a 4.78 ERA in 92.1 innings. In 52 career minor league games, he has a 3.90 ERA and he has averaged a strike-out per inning, as well. He is a fastball, curveball pitcher. McDaniel was interviewed by our Cubs' sister site, InsidetheIvy.com, last March. To read the interview, click here.

News And Notes

* Shawn Haviland shut-down the Bakersfield Blaze and the Stockton Ports earned a 4-1 win. Haviland allowed a run on four hits in six innings. He struck-out two and walked none. Haviland now has allowed only a run in 10.1 innings this season. Paul Smyth had two scoreless innings and Daniel Thomas tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save. Stephen Parker had two homeruns to account for the Stockton offense. Parker went 3-4 with four RBIs and he raised his average from .154 to .294.

* Sacramento used a late rally to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers by a score of 5-2. Down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, the River Cats scored three runs and then tacked on two more in the eighth to earn the win. Chris Carter, Landon Powell, Steven Tolleson and Eric Sogard each had two hits. Sogard and Michael Taylor drove-in two runs each. Josh Donaldson had a homerun, his second of the year. Graham Godfrey allowed two runs in 5.2 innings, but had a no-decision. Sam Demel earned the win with one inning of shut-out relief. Brad Kilby also had a shut-out inning of relief and Fernando Hernandez recorded the final four outs for his first save of the year.

* A night after staging a big ninth inning comeback, the Kane County Cougars found themselves on the wrong end of such a comeback. Hector Garcia allowed three runs in the top of the ninth and the Cougars fell, 6-5, to Beloit. Max Stassi had a homer and a double and Conner Crumbliss added two hits in the loss. Crumbliss also stole a base. Robert Gilliam allowed three runs in six innings, but was stuck with a no-decision. Josh Lansford tossed two scoreless innings of relief. He has allowed only three hits in four innings of relief this season, striking out three and walking none.

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