The Los Angeles Angels saw one of their future stars make strides but may have lost their biggest star for the last days of the season, as Mike Trout exited the game after taking a fastball to the shoulder. Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and the Angels held off a late rally from the Oakland Athletics to sweep the three-game series with an 8-6 win Wednesday night. ''I want to (play), I'll tell you that,'' Trout said.
SEATTLE — When the A’s reflect back on this season, the evolution of Kendall Graveman will stand out as one of their top success stories. The numbers won’t necessarily reveal that. The right-hander finished 10-11 with a pedestrian 4.11 ERA. But in a year where injuries, inexperience and ineffectiveness took a big-time toll on Oakland’s rotation, Graveman was the epitome of durability and emerged as the A’s best starter of 2016. “You always need a guy that you look at as your guy,” manager Bob Melvin said in advance of Graveman’s final start Thursday night. “That when he goes out there your team feels like it’s got its best chance to win. He’s embraced it, I think he’s proud of the fact that he’s
SEATTLE - Jed Lowrie didn’t just have foot surgery in the past month - he also had surgery for a deviated septum, a condition he hadn’t realized he had until recently, believing he just had sinus trouble. “I didn’t think anything of it, and then I saw an ear, nose and throat specialist and it turns out it wasn’t just a deviated septum, there were also two bone spurs,” Lowrie told The Chronicle by phone from his home in Houston. Last week, he had surgery in Houston to correct the problem and he finally should be able to get a good night’s rest for the first time in years - well, except for the fact that he and his wife, Milessa, are expecting their second child next week. Lowrie is keeping track of the A’s and he knows that there are many new players up since he went on the DL on Aug. 5, and if the team decides to go all young next season, the 32-year-old, who is signed through 2017 with a club option for 2018, might be on the trading block. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.