Oakland Athletics Player News: All Positions

News: Luzardo gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four through three innings to earn the save in a 6-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Luzardo had a ridiculous 10 swinging strikes on only 47 pitches and posted a nice performance to record his first three-inning save. Luzardo has been impressive so far and could be in line to get a start this week. The 21-year-old has a 3.00 ERA and a 6:2 K:BB through two appearances this season.
News: Manaea (2-0) gave up three hits and one walk while striking out six through six scoreless innings to take the win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Manaea had 11 swinging strikes and 19 called strikes in another electric performance to earn his second win. The 27-year-old has been great since being activated with a 0.50 ERA and a 21:6 K:BB through three starts this season. Manaea is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum.
News: Manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that he expects Fiers (arm) to make his upcoming start during next weekend's home series with the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Fiers exited his start Saturday in Texas with nerve irritation in his right arm, but the Athletics' initial examinations of the 34-year-old apparently didn't reveal anything too concerning. He'll be sent in for further evaluation Monday when the Athletics return to Oakland, but the prevailing belief is that he's just dealing with a minor stinger and will be able to make his next turn through the rotation. Thanks to an off day Thursday, the Athletics -- who already have a six-man rotation in place -- would have sufficient coverage if Fiers is forced to miss a turn.
News: Soria hasn't made a relief appearance since Sept. 6 due to an elbow issue but was cleared to play catch prior to Sunday's game against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: If not for the expanded September roster, Soria likely would have landed on the injured list at the time the elbow issue first cropped up. The fact that Soria was seen throwing again suggests he's mostly moved past the issue, though he's uncertain to be available out of the bullpen in the series finale in Texas.
News: Neuse went 2-for-4 with a double in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: After churning out a career-best four hits in Friday's victory, Neuse offered a solid encore performance Saturday. The rookie's eye-popping 6-for-9 tally over the last two games has provided a triple-digit boost to his batting average due to his modest number of plate appearances, and it's also offered a big-league glimpse of the stellar work he'd proven capable of in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with Triple-A Las Vegas this past minor-league campaign (.317/.389/.550 line over 560 PAs).
News: Piscotty (ankle) was able to shed his air cast Saturday and took batting practice before the game against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Piscotty continues to trend upward in his recovery, with Saturday's development the latest example. The recovering outfielder has progressively ramped up his physical activity throughout this past week, and it increasingly appears as if he'll be physically ready for a return at some point before the end of the regular season. Whether the Athletics opt to activate him is another matter, as an official return by Piscotty would effectively cost the team one postseason roster spot if a playoff berth is clinched.
News: Laureano went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a double in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Laureano got on base in the third inning with one of his two singles in the game, and came around to score on Matt Chapman's three-run homer. Laureano is hitting .286/.337/.521 with 22 homers, 72 runs scored and 63 RBI this season. He also has 12 stolen bases, but his leg issues may hinder his ability to rack up steals down the stretch.
News: Olson went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Olson's power surge continued, as he's gone yard in three straight games and has five homers in his last five games. The first baseman has accumulated 10 RBI and seven runs scored in that span. For the year, Olson is up to .273/.356/.564 with 34 homers, 83 RBI and 68 runs scored in 114 games. He needs just one more RBI to match his total from last season, when he played in all 162 games.
News: Canha went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Canha didn't have the best night at the dish, but his fifth-inning, go-ahead homer off Rangers starter Mike Minor gave the A's a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Canha is hitting .272/.392/.516 with 24 homers, 55 RBI and 72 runs scored across 372 at-bats this season.
News: Phegley went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Phegley cranked his go-ahead homer in the fourth inning off Rangers starter Mike Minor. The catcher is up to 12 homers, 59 RBI and 43 runs scored in a career-high 101 games this season. However, he's struggled in September, going 4-for-26 with two homers, six RBI and three runs scored in eight games while losing time behind the dish to Sean Murphy.
News: Chapman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: The Athletics found themselves behind 3-0 after the second inning, but Chapman took Rangers starter Mike Minor deep in the third to even the score. It was the first of four homers for the A's in the contest. The third baseman is up to 33 homers, 84 RBI and 95 runs scored while slashing .251/.345/.514 in 144 games this season.
News: Luzardo could get a chance to start after Mike Fiers left Saturday's game against the Rangers with nerve irritation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Luzardo was used in a multi-inning relief role in his only big-league appearance to date. The Athletics don't necessarily need to replace Fiers in the rotation any time soon, as they've been going with a six-man rotation lately and have off days coming up Thursday and the following Monday. Still, the team could be looking for an excuse to see what Luzardo can do as a starter, so there's a chance he's given an opportunity.
News: Buchter (1-1) earned the win Saturday, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out one in 1.1 innings in an 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Saturday's game became an impromptu bullpen game for the Athletics when Mike Fiers exited with an arm injury in the second inning. Buchter ended the fourth by striking out Elvis Andrus after allowing an inherited runner to score, but he kept it clean in the fifth after the Athletics restored a two-run lead with a Mark Canha homer. Buchter has a 2.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 42 innings this season, adding 12 holds while primarily working in the middle innings. He has fired off 6.1 scoreless innings over his last eight appearances.
News: Fiers' (arm) next start is up in the air, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Fiers left his start Saturday against the Rangers in the second inning with arm nerve irritation, though the Athletics have stated it's possible he doesn't miss any time. Oakland has been using a six-man rotation, though, so they could simply skip his next turn and drop to a standard five-man rotation for a brief period. The injury could also create a starting opportunity for Jesus Luzardo, who pitched in relief in his only big-league appearance to date.
News: Hendriks allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth inning, but recorded a strikeout and earned the save in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Hendriks walked Willie Calhoun to begin the inning, but erased the mistake with a double play. Nomar Mazara then reached on a single, but Hendriks whiffed Danny Santana to escape unharmed. The closer is up to 22 saves for the season. He's tossed seven straight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.59 for the year. Hendriks also boasts a 0.97 WHIP and 115:21 K:BB in 79.1 innings.
News: Fiers left Saturday's game against the Rangers with right arm nerve irritation, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Fiers saw his fastball velocity drop by five mph in the second inning of his start before being forced to leave the game. It's not yet clear how much time he's expected to miss.
News: Fiers left his start Saturday against the Rangers with an apparent arm injury, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Manager Bob Melvin and a team trainer came out to check on Fiers' forearm early in the second inning, though he stayed in the game initially. That proved to be an unwise decision, as he gave up a homer and a walk to the next two batters before leaving the game. His velocity dipped by up to five mph before he was forced to exit. The veteran wound up allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in just 1.2 innings, his second consecutive start where he failed to get out of the second inning. The nature and severity of his injury are not yet clear.