A’s at Indians

Summary:

Last Wednesday in New York, former Indian OF Coco Crisp went 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI. … May 4 in Oakland, Trevor Cahill moved to 5-0 with a 3-1 victory over the Indians. The Indians are 36-29 at home after winning two of three from Kansas City over the weekend. … They have 32 comeback victories overall. …  Jason Donald is hitting .375 (9-for-24) in his last six games. … Carlos Santana is hitting .292 (26-for-89) with four homers and 15 RBI in his last 22 games.

Pitching Matchups:

Indians LHP David Huff (1-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (7-6, 3.72), Tonight at 7:05

TBD vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (9-12, 4.13), Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 5.79) vs. RHP Rich Harden (4-2, 4.55), Wednesday at 7:05

RHP Fausto Carmona (6-12, 4.85) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 3.35), Thursday at 12:05 p.m.

A’s Injuries:

  • RHP Michael Wuertz (right thumb tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list July 30. He played catch Aug. 15, and was scheduled to do so a few more times before throwing off a mound. As of Aug. 28, he was close to starting a rehab assignment.

  • RHP Trystan Magnuson (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 16. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 23, ending his season.

  • LHP Brett Anderson (sore left elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery July 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31. Anderson was expected to be allowed to stop wearing a brace on the arm in late August, and he was increasing range-of-motion exercises.

  • LHP Dallas Braden (left shoulder stiffness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 17. He played catch for the first time since the injury May 2, but it didn’t go well. He had season-ending surgery May 17 to repair a torn anterior shoulder capsule, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 7.

A’s News/Notes:

  • LHP Jerry Blevins was designated for assignment between games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Boston. Blevins must clear option waivers, a technicality, before returning to Class AAA Sacramento. He worked the sixth and seventh innings of Game 1 Saturday—with a 45-minute rain delay in between them.

  • RHP Graham Godfrey was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento on Saturday to start Game 2 of a doubleheader at Boston. Godfrey, who also spent a stint with Oakland in late June and early July, gave up a two-run homer by David Ortiz in the second inning and allowed six hits and three runs in all in his four innings before an hour-long rain delay ended his day.

  • 2B Jemile Weeks stole a career-high three bases in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Boston. At 24 years, 213 days old, Weeks is the first A’s player under the age of 25 to record a three-steal game since Jose Canseco on April 21, 1988 (23 years, 294 days).

  • C Anthony Recker recorded his first big-league hit on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Recker had to sweat out an hour-long rain delay to make sure the game—and his hit—wasn’t washed out.

  • LHP Josh Outman, recalled Friday, worked four innings in finishing up Game 2 of a doubleheader at Boston on Saturday. He allowed one unearned run and struck out seven. Manager Bob Melvin said that performance was the best he has seen from Outman, who will remain in Oakland’s bullpen.

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