Rehab Updates From Extended Spring Training
Several well-known Oakland A's prospects are currently rehabbing injuries at the A's minor league complex as part of the extended spring training program. We received updates on the progress of some of those rehabs from A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.
A's 2012 supplemental first round pick Daniel Robertson is progressing well with his rehab from off-season knee surgery. Robertson has been playing in extended spring training games, and, according to Lieppman, if everything continues to go well, Robertson should be ready to be sent out to Low-A Beloit next week.
The news isn't as good on A's 2013 second round pick Nolan Sanburn. The right-hander injured his shoulder during spring training and has been rehabbing the injury ever since. He has yet to start his throwing program and is currently on a strengthening program. Once he is cleared to throw, Sanburn will need to build his pitch count back up before he can be sent out to Low-A Beloit.
Outfielder Rashun Dixon is on a hitting progression as part of his recovery from a strained oblique. Dixon injured his oblique just days before the end of spring training. He is scheduled to start appearing in extended spring training games next week, according to Lieppman. Dixon was set to report to High-A Stockton before his injury.
Infielder Chih-Fang Pan is expected to miss much of the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The native of Taiwan has struggled with injuries throughout his minor league career. The 22-year-old spent last season with Low-A Burlington, appearing in 83 games for the Bees. He hit only .243 last year, but batted .336 and .331 in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
Taylor Optioned To Sacramento
As expected the A's have optioned OF Michael Taylor back to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Casper Wells on the team's 25-man roster. Wells was acquired by the A's for cash from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. Taylor spent 10 days with the A's but received little playing time. In three games, he had six at-bats. Taylor hit the ball well, but didn't have any hits. He is batting .410 with three homers in nine games for the River Cats this season.
Other News And Notes
- Evan Scribner, who was optioned back to Sacramento over the weekend, was officially added to the River Cats' roster on Tuesday. Scribner was replaced on the A's roster by Jesse Chavez.
- Dan Straily won his third start in as many tries for the River Cats when he beat Reno on Monday night. Straily allowed just one unearned run in six innings in the win. His command wasn't as good as it has been in his other two starts, however, as he walked five and struck-out four. Straily now carries a 20:6 K:BB in 18.2 innings for the River Cats.
- Adam Rosales, on a rehab assignment for the A's, went 1-for-4 with the River Cats on Monday night. Rosales is now 8-for-21 in five rehab games with Sacramento and Stockton. He could return to the A's this weekend.
- Daric Barton had two hits on Monday night and has now put together three straight multi-hit games. He is batting .339/.444/.492 in 59 at-bats for the River Cats this season.
- Jeremy Barfield cracked a long walk-off homer for the RockHounds in their Monday night win over Corpus Christi. The homer was Barfield's third of the season. Homers accounted for all of Midland's runs in the game, as Anthony Aliotti hit a solo homer for Midland's other run.- Sean Murphy made his Double-A debut and pitched very well. He allowed just one run on five hits and three walks. Murphy struck-out five. The Midland bullpen was excellent in relief of Murphy, as Nate Long and Jeff Urlaub combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings. Urlaub got the win.
- The Stockton Ports were off on Monday, but over the weekend, they had two transactions. RHP Pedro Vidal was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento and RHP Max Perlman was added to the roster from extended spring training.
- The Beloit Snappers have been on a nice run lately and they moved back to .500 with a 3-2 win over the Clinton LumberKings on Monday. Raul Alcantara earned the win with another solid outing, his third in a row. Alcantara gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 innings to earn the win. Since allowing five earned runs in 3.2 innings on Opening Night, Alcantara has given up four runs in 18.1 innings pitched. Chris Lamb (1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and Ryan Dull (1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K) closed out the win for Beloit. Chris Bostick had a double and a triple and he scored twice, while Ryan Mathews, Sam Roberts and Bruce Maxwell each added doubles.