A’s place rookie Kendall Graveman on the disabled list

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Kendall Graveman’s promising rookie season is on hold, as the A’s placed the 24-year-old right-hander on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Graveman was acquired from the Blue Jays in the offseason deal for Josh Donaldson and struggled initially, getting sent back to the minors in late April. He returned to Oakland’s rotation a month later and has been very solid since, throwing 99 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 70/29 K/BB ratio.

Given the lingering nature of oblique strains, Graveman’s workload, and the A’s last-place standing it’s possible he’ll simply be shut down for the season at some point.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.