Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray is the latest player from Oakland to pull out of next month’s World Baseball Classic, but the reason why is an oddity.
Gray hasn’t received the medical clearance from the tournament’s insurance carrier to participate for Team USA, WBC officials announced.
A’s general manager David Forst told the San Jose Mercury News that Major League Baseball tried without avail to make an exception to the guidelines that say players who were on the disabled list in August and didn’t play during the final weeks of the season can be kept out of the tournament.
While a direct diagnosis regarding Familia’s clot has not been given, thoracic outlet syndrome was ruled out, according to Alderson.
Alderson said Familia first mentioned Wednesday that he had tingling in the ring finger of his right hand. The symptoms, however, were minor, so Familia had originally been cleared to pitch.
You don’t want to be just good at the top of the lineup, Baker said, via The Washington Post. You want balance throughout the lineup, so that’s what I’m trying to achieve. … Down here in spring training, I’ll be experimenting with different lineups and different versus left, different versus right. So let’s not write my lineup out yet because it’s not set.
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Nic Dowd Authentic Jersey Baker feels the need to lead off with Trea Turner, which would be fine, but it then puts Eaton second, followed by two more left-handed hitters.
Instead of putting Eaton at leadoff and batting Turner second, thus doing the logical thing to break up the left-handed hitters, he is being stubborn while convincing himself Eaton should bat sixth or later.