Klay Thompson reacts to brother robbing Puig of homer

Klay Thompson reacts to brother robbing Puig of homer

Michelle R. Martinelli Published 11:29 a.m. ET April 12, 2018

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was recently reunited with his brother, Trayce, when the Oakland A’s claimed the outfielder off waivers last week. And according to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Connor Letourneau, they’re currently living together.

So naturally, with the Warriors off Wednesday, Klay was able to watch his brother and the A’s crush the Dodgers – Trayce’s former team – 16-6. LA cut Trayce this season before the Yankees scooped him up and dropped him as well.

But the A’s-Dodgers final score could have been a little bit closer, had Trayce not robbed Yasiel Puig of a two-run homer while the A’s had a 9-4 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Dodgers had already scored two runs that inning, so Trayce’s catch to end it was an even bigger deal.

And Klay, recorded the play as well as his reaction, which included a Puig-like finger wag as he yelled: “Wooo no no!”

After the game, Trayce said it had to be one of his best catches, and “it feels good to do it against these guys.”

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Klay Thompson had the perfect reaction to his brother robbing Yasiel Puig of a homer

Klay Thompson had the perfect reaction to his brother robbing Yasiel Puig of a homer

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was recently reunited with his brother, Trayce, when the Oakland A’s claimed the outfielder off waivers last week. And according to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Connor Letourneau, they’re currently living together.

So naturally, with the Warriors off Wednesday, Klay was able to watch his brother and the A’s crush the Dodgers – Trayce’s former team – 16-6. LA cut Trayce this season before the Yankees scooped him up and dropped him as well.

But the A’s-Dodgers final score could have been a little bit closer, had Trayce not robbed Yasiel Puig of a two-run homer while the A’s had a 9-4 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Dodgers had already scored two runs that inning, so Trayce’s catch to end it was an even bigger deal.

And Klay, recorded the play as well as his reaction, which included a Puig-like finger wag as he yelled: “Wooo no no!”

After the game, Trayce said it had to be one of his best catches, and “it feels good to do it against these guys.”

Trayce Thompson arrives to A's clubhouse with something to prove

Trayce Thompson arrives to A's clubhouse with something to prove

There’s another Thompson coming to Oakland that will be looking to make a splash of his own.

Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, was officially added to the A’s 25-man roster Saturday afternoon.

Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2009 draft, Thompson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and got to live out a childhood dream by playing for the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in Southern California. He got off to a solid first year in 2016 with Los Angeles that saw him hit 13 home runs in 236 at-bats, but a back injury that summer ended his season.

Thompson returned from injury the next season, but with a surplus of talented Dodgers outfielders, Thompson became lost in the shuffle. He was competing for a spot on their roster this spring, but was ultimately beat out and designated for assignment by the club.

“I feel like the writing was on the wall in LA,” Thompson said about his experience this spring. “I saw it coming. Teams are gonna do what’s best for them.”

He was claimed by the New York Yankees April 3, but an attempt to send him to the minors without an option failed when the A’s decided to claim him on Thursday.

Finding himself hitting in the middle of the lineup for the Dodgers at one point during his full season in the big leagues, Thompson, 27, arrives to Oakland feeling like he has something to prove as he looks to show the club that he can still perform at the level he was playing during that time.

“That was a high for me in my career and I feel like a lot of people around the league have forgotten that,” Thompson said. “I have to hold up my end of the bargain. I haven’t really shown people since then that I’m that same player. It’s time to go for me. This was a big offseason to be able to have full workouts and I feel like I’m ready to prove myself and show I’m that same player.”

Thompson arrived to the A’s clubhouse Saturday afternoon and immediately struck up a conversation with Marcus Semien. The two have a history together.

Semien and Thompson both came up through the White Sox farm system. Even after Semien was traded to the A’s in 2014, Thompson remained close friends with the A’s shortstop, often coming down to the Bay Area to work out together in the offseason when Trayce would visit Klay.

Thompson recalled the Semien trade and how an original report online had Thompson included in the deal. Now that he’s finally reunited with Semien, Thompson said it has all come full circle.

“My family and everyone was so excited,” Thompson said of the original trade report that had him going to Oakland. “Then to get a call from the White Sox saying I’m not in the trade, I came up with the White Sox and wanted to reach the big leagues with them, so I was a little relieved. But my brother was kind of upset. It’s kind of crazy that this day has come.”

It’s uncertain what type of role awaits Thompson with the A’s. He was on the bench for Saturday’s game, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said Thompson will likely get some playing time against left-handed pitchers.

Center fielder Boog Powell sprained a ligament in his right knee during Friday’s loss to the Angels, potentially creating even more of an opportunity for Thompson.

“We’ll see where it goes. We’ll try to sprinkle him in the outfield to get him some time there,” Melvin said. “Timing is good for him to be here. We need an outfielder and we’ve got some lefties coming up.”

Whether it’s an everyday role or a spot on the bench, Thompson said he’s just going to show up to the ballpark every day ready to play. It’s his chance to show that he belongs in the big leagues, and he plans to take full advantage of it.

“I feel like I can be an every day player at this level,” Thompson said. “With the Dodgers, I earned my way to playing every day and then I got hurt. Things happen. I feel like I can compete with anybody.”

The A’s are on the road until April 15. Upon their return to Oakland, Trayce will join older brothers Klay and Mychel as a roommate at Klay’s home in the Bay Area.

The three siblings will be living together for the first time since their teenage years. Trayce might be the youngest of the three, but he said he’s not going to let his will refuse to allow his brothers use that as an excuse to boss him around.

“It’s gonna be like high school again probably with Klay going to basketball practice and me going to baseball. It’ll be interesting,” Thompson said. “I think they’ll kind of respect my boundaries but I’ll have to lay down the law of the house. We’ll see how it goes.”

Trayce Thompson arrives to A's clubhouse, top prospect also called up

Trayce Thompson arrives to A's clubhouse, top prospect also called up

ANAHEIM — There’s another Thompson coming to Oakland that will be looking to make a splash of his own.

Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, was officially added to the A’s 25-man roster Saturday afternoon in advance of their game later that night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2009 draft, Thompson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and got to live out a childhood dream by playing for the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in Southern California. He got off to a solid first year in 2016 with Los Angeles that saw him hit 13 home runs in 236 at-bats, but a back injury that summer ended his season.

Thompson returned from injury the next season, but with a surplus of talented Dodgers outfielders, Thompson became lost in the shuffle. He was competing for a spot on their roster this spring, but was ultimately beat out and designated for assignment by the club.

He was claimed by the New York Yankees April 3, but an attempt to send him to the minors without an option failed when the A’s decided to claim him on Thursday.

Thompson, 27, will be living with older brothers Klay and Mychel when the club returns to the Bay Area.

Top prospect Franklin Barreto was also recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

After a solid spring training with the A’s, Barreto played in just one game for Nashville before getting called up to replace Chad Pinder, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.

Barreto, 22, was explosive in that one game in the minors, going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double. He hit .290 with 15 home runs and seven triples while swiping 15 stolen bases in 111 games at Triple-A last year, but hit just .197 over 25 games during his two stints in Oakland.

In addition to Pinder’s placement on the disabled list, starting pitcher Daniel Gossett was also optioned to Triple-A to make room for Thompson’s spot on the roster.

A's claim Klay's brother Trayce Thompson off waivers

A's claim Klay's brother Trayce Thompson off waivers

OAKLAND — The A’s made a roster splash Thursday on getaway day, signing Trayce Thompson — brother of Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson — off waivers.

Thompson, 27, is at his family’s home in Southern California and will join the A’s during their upcoming three game series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.

After being designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week, Thompson was claimed by the New York Yankees. The Yankees subsequently put him on waivers and he was claimed by the A’s.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the A’s wrapped up their homestand against the Texas Rangers. “I talked him just a little bit before he came out here and he’s really excited. We will see him him in Anaheim and I think everybody’s pretty excited about that. Not just on the team but the fan base might like that as well.”

Melvin said he hasn’t  met Trayce but does know Klay and that “I’m sure he’s happy about this too. There’s a lot of reasons this makes sense. The times we’ve seen him in spring training he’s swung the bat well. Hit a home run against us this spring too. You watch him move around in the outfield, it’s impressive.”

Thompson, a second-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2009, played for Chicago in 2015 and for the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being traded. He has a career batting average of .233 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs.

— An eight-inning performance by starter Sean Manaea Wednesday night in a 6-1 win over the Rangers left the A’s bullpen in good shape.

“Other than Opening Day our bullpen has not been this rested,” Melvin said. “That’s what happens when a guy goes eight innings . . . basically it’s a full complement today, which in an 11-game-in-a-row stretch, does not happen often.”

A’s vs. Angels

Pitching matchups for this weekend’s A’s vs. Angels series in Anaheim:

Friday–Daniel Gossett (0-1, 9.00) vs. Parker Bridewell (0-0, 0.00), 7:07 p.m., NBCSCA

Saturday–Andrew Triggs (1-0, 1.80) vs. JC Ramirez (0-1, 7.71), 6:07 p.m., NBCSCA-plus

Sunday–Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10) vs. Shohei Ohtan (1-0, 4.50), 1:07 p.m., NBCSCA