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Oakland Athletics Minor League Notebook: Raul Alcantara returns, Jake Sanchez out

Raul Alcantara threw in his first game in nearly two months, but the Oakland Athletics will be without promising right-hander Jake Sanchez for the rest of the season.

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Raul Alcantara made a rehab appearance on Monday. / Photo courtesy Oakland Athletics

There was positive and negative injury news for Oakland A’s minor league pitchers on Monday. In Arizona, right-hander Raul Alcantara made his first rehab appearance since developing bicep tendinitis while with Triple-A Nashville in late May. Alcantara got the start for the AZL A’s in their 3-2 win over the AZL Diamondbacks. He threw one inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. Alcantara recorded his other two outs on the ground. The 24-year-old struggled in his big league stint at the start of the season, but he had a 2.81 ERA and hadn’t allowed a homer in 16 innings with Nashville at the time of his injury.

A’s reliever Bobby Wahl threw a simulated game on Monday afternoon and he will make a rehab appearance with the Stockton Ports on Thurday. Wahl hasn’t pitched since May 23rd because of shoulder tightness.

The news wasn’t so good on Nashville reliever Jake Sanchez, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with right ulnar stress fracture. He will miss the rest of the season. Sanchez looked to be on the verge of a big league call-up before the injury. He had a 1.47 ERA and a 19:4 K:BB in 18.1 innings with the Sounds. Sanchez last pitched on July 7.

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— When Alcantara completed his rehab inning, the rest of the AZL A’s staff picked up where he left off in the team’s third-straight win. The A’s are now 8-11 after getting off to a very slow start. Richard Morban threw four scoreless innings to earn the win. He struck-out two. A’s pitchers struck-out 10 and walked just one in the game. Hunter Hargrove had two doubles and two RBI and Justin Jones singled twice. Austin Beck walked and stole his first base of his pro career.

— Dustin Hurlbutt had another strong outing and the Midland RockHounds earned a 5-1 win over the San Antonio Missions. Hurlbutt allowed a run in the first and nothing else in his seven innings. He gave up just two hits and two walks. He struck-out three. Hurlbutt has a 1.99 ERA in four starts for Midland after posting a 3.23 ERA in 69.2 innings for High-A Stockton earlier in the year. B.J. Boyd had two doubles and a single to raise his season average to .310. J.P. Sportman had another two-hit game and he is now batting .289. Tyler Sturdevant earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief.

— Matt Olson tripled to lead-off the top of the ninth inning, but the Nashville Sounds couldn’t get him home and they dropped a nail-biter, 1-0, to the Iowa Cubs. The Sounds had five hits, with Olson collecting two of them. Corey Walter threw five scoreless innings but was stuck with the no-decision. He struck-out four and walked two.

— Brandon Bailey allowed just a hit in five brilliant innings, but tandem starter Brendan Butler allowed a run in the sixth and a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth to send the Stockton Ports to a 4-3 defeat. Bailey struck-out six in his outing. He has 94 strike-outs in 73 innings this season. Butler was pitching well until he ran into trouble in the ninth. He struck-out two, walked none and allowed four hits in 3.1 innings. Sandber Pimentel hit his fifth homer of the season and Seth Brown doubled twice. The Ports managed just five hits and didn’t draw a walk.

— Seth Martinez allowed four runs in six innings and the Beloit Snappers dropped a day game to the Great Lakes Loons, 5-2. Trace Loehr continued his torrid streak with two more hits, including his second homer of the season. Loehr has a six-game hitting streak, during which he is 15-for-28. Loehr is batting .276 on the season and .431 for the month of July. Collin Theroux hit his 11th homer of the season to account for the Snappers’ other run.

— The Vermont Lake Monsters drew eight walks and had nine hits but fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades, 6-5. Greg Deichmann walked three times and hit his second homerun of the season in the loss. The A’s third overall pick in 2017 has five extra-base hits and five walks in his first eight games. Jack Meggs also homered, his third of the season. Will Toffey drew three walks and Lana Akau and Ryan Gridley each had two-hit games. Oscar Tovar struck-out six in 5.2 innings but allowed four runs in the fifth inning, three runs coming on back-to-back homers.

— The DSL A’s returned from a three-day break with a win, 5-2, over the DSL Royals. The A’s scored five times in the second and that was all they would need. Rafael Kelly threw four shutout innings as the starter. He struck-out three and didn’t walk a batter. Kelly has a 2.41 ERA and a 36:9 K:BB in 33.2 innings this season. Rafioby Urena and Jose Rivas each had two-hit games. Iraj Serrano had a hit to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

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