|A's Acquire Neshek; Taylor, Norris Promoted|
by Melissa Lockard of OaklandClubhouse.com, August 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm ET
Pat Neshek Profile
The Oakland A's acquired reliever Pat Neshek from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. They also placed outfielder Seth Smith on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring, promoted pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Derek Norris from Triple-A Sacramento and sent relievers Jim Miller and Evan Scribner to Sacramento. The A's added Neshek and Straily to their 40-man roster, which is now full.
Neshek, a major league veteran, had spent the entire season in Triple-A with Norfolk. The right-hander had a 2.66 ERA and a 49:7 K:BB ratio in 44 innings. He had saved 11 games. Neshek has spent parts of five previous seasons in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres. He has a career 3.21 ERA with 171 strike-outs in 154.1 innings in the big leagues.
Norris returns to the A's mere days after being sent down to Triple-A. He will assume the everyday catcher duties for Oakland after the team traded veteran Kurt Suzuki on Friday. Norris was 2-for-9 with a homer since being sent down over the weekend.
Taylor replaces Smith in the A's outfield rotation. Smith was injured running out a groundout on Thursday. Taylor has an 884 OPS for Sacramento this season, with 11 homers and a .301 average in 95 games. He has also stolen 16 bases. He appeared in four games with the A's earlier this season.
Scribner and Miller return to Sacramento having split their seasons between Oakland and the Capitol City. Both have pitched fairly well in the big leagues. Miller has a 2.16 ERA and 30 strike-outs in 33.1 innings with the A's, although he has walked 18. Scribner has a 1.93 ERA with 13 strike-outs and only three walks in 14 innings with the A's. Both figure to return to the Oakland bullpen in September, if not earlier.
Straily, the minor league leader in strike-outs, will make his major league debut as a starter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. He replaces Travis Blackley in the A's rotation. Blackley was moved to the bullpen, where he began the year.