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Summer camp preview: With some A's questions from Spring answered, new ones arise

3 hours 39 min ago

Spring training question: Will previously injured starters have inning limits? The A’s coaches and baseball operations would be keeping a close eye on its prized arms in a 162-plus game season. Jesús Luzurdo is coming off a rotator cuff and lat strain in 2019.

A's try to balance quick preparations against injury risks after 3 months away

Fri, 2020-07-03 22:16

A training camp like no other in Oakland history opens Saturday at the Coliseum as the A’s cram what usually takes six weeks into three as they prepare for a 60-game regular season. Among the most obvious concerns for teams trying to get ready quickly: injuries. The Korean league experienced a greater number of muscle strains after starting its season this year, and A’s general manager David Forst said he’s discussed those results from the KBO with the team’s medical and training staffs.

A's still searching for an alternate site: 'The virus is a factor'

Fri, 2020-07-03 17:12

The A’s are still searching for an alternate training site for players who are part of their 60-man player pool but not invited to their Oakland camp, general manager David Forst said Friday. Seventeen players, mostly younger prospects, are slated to report to the alternate site for the start of training camp and about 30 players will be at the alternate site when the season starts.

A's trivia: Name the 2019 A's

Fri, 2020-07-03 16:53

The 2020 MLB season is on hiatus, and baseball is still three weeks away at best. In the meantime, let’s play some trivia! The 2020 MLB season is inching closer, with the Oakland A’s holding their first Summer Camp workout on Saturday.

MLB says 31 players, seven staff tested positive for coronavirus

Fri, 2020-07-03 15:06

Major League Baseball announced 31 players and seven team staff members tested positive for the coronavirus during screenings before the restart of training camps. The 38 positive tests came from 3,185 samples tested at an independent lab in Utah, marking a 1.2% positive rate, according to a release from MLB and its players union. There was at least one positive test from 19 different teams, according to MLB.

Elephant Rumblings: A's will host first Summer Camp workout on July 4

Fri, 2020-07-03 08:00

There won’t be any parades or public fireworks shows this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing social distancing measures, but at least there’s one thing to look forward to on this special holiday — Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers will host their first workout of Spring Training 2.0, now known as Summer Camp. The first full-squad workout will follow on Sunday.

How will a short summer camp impact A's pitching staff?

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:30

I’m pretty much ready to face hitters whenever we need to,” Bassitt said. Even during this unprecedented holding period, a near certainty that the season, in some capacity, would return forced players to make certain that they would not to fall into a typical offseason slumber. It’s not too hard, anyway.

How will a short summer camp impact A's pitching staff?

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:30

I’m pretty much ready to face hitters whenever we need to,” Bassitt said. Even during this unprecedented holding period, a near certainty that the season, in some capacity, would return forced players to make certain that they would not to fall into a typical offseason slumber. It’s not too hard, anyway.

How will a short summer camp impact A's pitching staff?

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:30

I’m pretty much ready to face hitters whenever we need to,” Bassitt said. Even during this unprecedented holding period, a near certainty that the season, in some capacity, would return forced players to make certain that they would not to fall into a typical offseason slumber. It’s not too hard, anyway.

How will a short summer camp impact A's pitching staff?

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:30

I’m pretty much ready to face hitters whenever we need to,” Bassitt said. Even during this unprecedented holding period, a near certainty that the season, in some capacity, would return forced players to make certain that they would not to fall into a typical offseason slumber. It’s not too hard, anyway.

Athletics: Four-year ban for Kipsang after giving fake-photo evidence for missed test

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:09

Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has been handed a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) that included using a fake photo of a traffic accident to justify one of four missed whereabouts appointments, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. World Athletics said Kipsang, a bronze medallist at the 2012 Olympics, had four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Kipsang, 38, said he missed a test on May 17, 2019 due to a traffic accident involving an overturned lorry and also provided a photo of the crash.

Who are the Oakland A's biggest AL rivals?

Thu, 2020-07-02 21:30

They’ve never met in the playoffs, nor ever been in the same division. The A’s have beaten them out for a wild card a couple times, but even that has been one-sided. The real Oakland-Cleveland rivalry is between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.

A's to hold first camp workout Saturday

Thu, 2020-07-02 20:06

The A’s will hold their first training camp workout Saturday at the Coliseum, with their first full-squad workout set for Sunday, the team announced. Catchers and pitchers will take part in the first workout Saturday afternoon. Workouts will be initially held in small groups and staggered to allow players to maintain some physical distance and limit the amount of time players and other staff are in close contact with one another as major-league teams attempt to restart following the coronavirus ...

A's to hold first camp workout Saturday

Thu, 2020-07-02 19:26

The A’s will hold their first training camp workout Saturday at the Coliseum, with their first full-squad workout set for Sunday, the team announced. Catchers and pitchers will take part in the first workout Saturday afternoon. Workouts will be initially held in small groups and staggered to allow players to maintain some physical distance and limit the amount of time players and other staff are in close contact with one another as major-league teams attempt to restart following the coronavirus ...

A's at-risk staff members adjust to pandemic; team doctor will work remotely

Thu, 2020-07-02 17:05

One person who will not be at the Coliseum during the training camp or during the 60-game season: the A’s team physician, Dr. Allan Pont, who is 73 and has emphysema. It’s not my best interests to have that much exposure,” said Pont, who has isolated carefully the past four months. The A’s have been really good to me, I made my decision and they said, ‘That’s fine, you can help us however you can.

A's set up assistance fund for furloughed employees

Thu, 2020-07-02 11:30

The employee assistance fund A’s owner John Fisher promised in an interview with The Chronicle a month ago is up and running. According to a copy of a letter to furloughed employees obtained by The Chronicle, the team said those eligible may apply for tax-free grants worth $2,500 and they also may receive $500 in the first pay period after they return from their furloughs. Employees have retained their health and pension benefits.

Oakland A's fans can buy cardboard cutout of themselves to put in stadium at games

Thu, 2020-07-02 06:19

While fans are not allowed to attend any MLB games in the shortened 2020 season, the Oakland Athletics came up with a brilliant way to "bring in" fans. The team unveiled its "Coliseum Cutouts" program, where A's fans will get a chance to display the cardboard cutout of themselves during games. The team's staff will try to fill the stands with the cutouts.

More small ball? How the Oakland A's might combat a slow start

Thu, 2020-07-02 06:00

Our guys are excited about it, they know we play well in July and August,” A’s assistant hitting coach Eric Martins said. It’s going to be different, challenging, but there’s strategic ways for how we’re going to have an advantage. The summer air may insure pop, but the nature of a shortened season will require the A’s, and other teams, to participate in more situational hitting to stave off a lethal early slump.

More small ball? How the Oakland A's might combat a slow start

Thu, 2020-07-02 06:00

Our guys are excited about it, they know we play well in July and August,” A’s assistant hitting coach Eric Martins said. It’s going to be different, challenging, but there’s strategic ways for how we’re going to have an advantage. The summer air may insure pop, but the nature of a shortened season will require the A’s, and other teams, to participate in more situational hitting to stave off a lethal early slump.

More small ball? How the Oakland A's might combat a slow start

Thu, 2020-07-02 06:00

Last season the A’s were at . after 60 games, then played at a . clip the rest of the way.

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