Uh oh: Justin Upton to get second opinion on ailing shoulder from Dr. James Andrews

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Justin Upton has just seven at-bats this month and has missed 11 straight starts thanks to a sore left shoulder, and Andrew Pentis of MLB.com reports that the 23-year-old outfielder will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.
And while plenty of athletes visit Dr. Andrews and leave his offices without going under the knife, the trips to Alabama lead to surgery often enough that Diamondbacks fans can start to worry about Upton.
Upton underwent an MRI exam on September 7 that revealed no significant damage, but the injury hasn’t improved any in the two weeks since then and he also had shoulder problems in 2006 and 2009. At the very least he seems highly unlikely to play in any of Arizona’s final six games.

Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.