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Piscotty loses mom, less than year after her ALS diagnosis

Piscotty loses mom, less than year after her ALS diagnosis
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty has died, less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Gretchen Piscotty died Sunday night from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the A’s said Monday.

She was diagnosed in May 2017 when her son was with St. Louis. The Cardinals traded him to Oakland in December in part to allow Piscotty to be closer to his home in the East Bay suburb of Pleasanton during his mother’s terminal illness. The A’s stressed they had targeted Piscotty beginning last July and were in search of a right-handed hitting outfielder.

Piscotty wasn’t immediately expected to be placed him on the bereavement list.

Signed to a $33.5 million, six-year contract last May, the 27-year-old Piscotty is batting .243 with two home runs, seven doubles and 13 RBIs in 32 games.

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