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The Pirates claim Josh Lindblom from the Athletics


In a move that has shaken the foundations of the Winter Meetings and caused hundreds of writers to cancel their lunch plans, the Pirates have claimed righty Josh Lindblom from the Athletics.

Lindblom was DFA’d by the A’s at the end of November. He’s 27 and joined the A’s last December in the Craig Gentry deal. He made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, he posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.

Take a moment to remember where you were when you heard that Lindblom was claimed by Pittsburgh. You’ll want to tell your grandkids about it someday.

Athletics designate Kyle Blanks and Josh Lindblom for assignment

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The trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays involving Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie has been made official.’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have made a couple of additional roster maneuvers, designating outfielder Kyle Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment.

The Athletics acquired Blanks, 28, in a trade with the Padres in May, sending Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera to San Diego. In 56 plate appearances with the A’s, Blanks hit .333/.446/.489 but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles, keeping him out between late June and mid-August. He returned for seven games with Triple-A Sacramento before ending his season.

Lindblom, 27, joined the A’s last December in a trade with the Rangers involving Craig Gentry. Lindblom made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, the right-hander posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.

Craig Gentry diagnosed with a concussion after collision

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A’s outfielder Craig Gentry suffered a concussion Tuesday night when he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez while trying to beat out a bunt single.

Gentry walked off the field under his own power, but not before staying down on the ground for several minutes and being looked at by trainers.

Joe Stiglich of reports that there’s no timetable yet for how long the A’s expect Gentry to be sidelined, but with just three weeks remaining on the schedule he may be done for the season.

A’s send Dan Otero back to Triple-A with 7-1 record, 2.28 ERA

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Sometimes the life of a player with a minor-league option remaining just isn’t fair.

Dan Otero has been fantastic out of Oakland’s bullpen this season, going 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 71 innings while walking a grand total of nine batters. But the A’s needed to make roster room for outfielder Craig Gentry’s return from the disabled list and because Otero has an option remaining he was the choice to be demoted to Triple-A.

He’ll no doubt be back when rosters expand in September, but for a 29-year-old with a career 2.35 ERA in 122 innings as a major leaguer it’s gotta be a tough situation.

A’s activate Craig Gentry from the disabled list

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Oakland’s outfield depth just got a little stronger with Craig Gentry coming off the disabled list after missing the past month with a broken hand.

Gentry played in two minor-league rehab games, going hitless, but he’s around for his speed and defense anyway.

Prior to the injury he hit just .264 with zero homers and a .625 OPS in 80 games, but swiped 18 bases while being caught just once. He figures to see most of his action versus left-handed pitching.