A’s place starters Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on DL

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Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder.

Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery, so the A’s rotation depth is suddenly being tested in a big way.

McCarthy has a long history of injuries, so this setback is unfortunate after he resuscitated his career by winning a rotation spot in spring training and then posting a 3.29 ERA with a 37/10 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.

Oakland added some pitching reinforcements in the form of Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, and Fautino De Los Santos, but with all three of those guys being relievers they will have some other moves coming shortly.

Phillies talking to Blue Jays about Curtis Granderson

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Rosenthal says that the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a bench bat and fourth outfielder to be deployed against righties. Granderson, 37, is hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season, substantially better against righties. Against lefties he’s a clear liability.

Granderson was traded at last year’s deadline too, from the Mets to the Dodgers, but cratered badly after arriving in L.A. and was a non-entity in the playoffs.