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Athletics acquire Shawn Kelley from Nationals


On Wednesday, the Nationals designated reliever Shawn Kelley for assignment because the right-hander threw a tantrum on the mound after giving up three runs when the Nationals had been leading the Mets 25-1. Kelley spiked his glove and glared into the dugout, presumably upset manager Dave Martinez gave him mop-up duty. GM Mike Rizzo said, “I thought that the act that he portrayed on the field last night was disrespectful to the name on the front of the jersey, the organization, specifically Davey Martinez.”

The Nationals have found Kelley a new home. The Athletics announced that the club acquired Kelley from the Nationals in exchange for international slot money. The A’s moved Jake Smolinski to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster for Kelley.

Kelley, 34, posted a 3.34 ERA with a 32/5 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings for the Nationals, so the A’s are certainly getting a quality reliever. Kelley will join a more proactive playoff race, as the A’s opened Sunday five games out of first place in the AL West and holding the second Wild Card slot.

The A’s previously bolstered their bullpen in July, acquiring closer Jeurys Familia from the Mets. Kelley and Familia will handle the later innings, setting up for closer Blake Treinen.

A’s minor league manager on ventilator due to coronavirus

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus, according to his fiance.

Nikki Trudeaux posted her latest update Monday night on social media. She said the 54-year-old former major leaguer still required a ventilator to fight COVID-19 but hadn’t declined in his battle.

“He is not getting worse! He is fighting hard and making small milestones,”

. Trudeaux has been asking for nightly prayers with the hash tag “WebbyStrong.”

The A’s said Tuesday there were no updates on a minor league staffer – they have not identified him – and said there have not been other positive tests within the organization.

Oakland released a a statement during the weekend that “a minor league staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under hospital care.”

“We want to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our colleague for a speedy recovery,” the team said. “We are committed to providing him and his family with support and care. Every person on our team plays a critical role to our success and we look forward to his return to the field when he is healthy.”

Garrison managed the Class A Stockton Ports last season and was expected to manage in the Arizona Fall League this year. He played five games for the A’s in 1996, never getting a hit in 10 plate appearances while drawing one walk. He is from Marrero, Louisiana.

Trudeaux described in her posts the heartbreak of being helpless through this.

“This man, my fiancé, Webster Garrison, the love of my life, is on a ventilator in the hospital, fighting for his life, and I can’t even be at his side!” Trudeaux said.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems can experience severe illness, including pneumonia and death.