Oakland Athletics: Cactus League Ends; R.J. Alvarez Undergoes Surgery

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Spring Training Ends; R.J. Alvarez Undergoes Successful Right Elbow Surgery
Oakland Athletics Roundup – Thursday, March 31

Wednesday marked the final Cactus League game of the year, as the Oakland Athletics head north for the Bay Bridge Series ahead of the regular season. The A’s finished near the bottom of the league, a half-game back from Kansas City and a game and a half ahead of the Chicago Cubs.

Their 11-15-3 record ultimately means nothing in terms of the upcoming season. In 2015, the Oakland Athletics were Cactus League winners, and that didn’t exactly translate into success during the rest of the year.

Bob Melvin put it best, as reported by San Francisco Chronicle writer Susan Slusser:

"“Last year probably skewed my view on spring training records. You know what? The most important thing is health, and guys getting their at-bats and timing getting into the season. That’s more important than won-lost record.”"

In other news, Athletics’ reliever R.J. Alvarez underwent successful elbow surgery on Wednesday. Dr. Jon Dickinson, the team orthopedist for the A’s, performed a debridement of Alvarez’s right elbow at Presidio Surgical Center in San Francisco. The A’s right-hander had developed bone chips that needed to be removed.

Alvarez will miss some time, but should pitch again this season. Last year, he posted a 9.90 ERA over 21 appearances with the big league club, but performed much better in Triple-A Nashville. He had been in the process of working on a new pitch this spring.

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Three Things That Could Go Right For the A’s in 2016 – OutsidePitch MLB’s Adrian Garro took a look at three ways in which the Athletics could surprise the AL West during the upcoming season. While there are plenty of other good points made within the article, perhaps the most interesting was based on a quote from Bob Melvin, in which he stated that the Athletics did an internal study and came to the conclusion that every home run hit by Khris Davis last season would have also been a home run at the Coliseum.

That would be a huge boost for the A’s lineup, given the way the Coliseum limits most power hitters. The Athletics’ hitters are routinely at a disadvantage when it comes to home runs, because so many of their games are played in a stadium that isn’t conducive to the ball flying out of the park. If the team’s internal analysis holds true this season, Davis could be a valuable part of the middle of the order.

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