Oakland A's MLN: Hernandez Steps Up

The Oakland A's recent rash of injuries has had a dramatic impact on the roster of the Sacramento River Cats. On Sunday, they called on starter Carlos Hernandez, who had previously spent the season with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds. Hernandez shined in his first start for the River Cats in 2011. We have news and notes from around the organization inside...

Hernandez Leads Sacramento In Rout Of OKC

With Josh Outman with the Oakland A's, set to make his first major league start since 2009, the A's promoted left-hander Carlos Hernandez to make the start for Triple-A Sacramento. Hernandez came up big for the River Cats in Sacramento's 11-2 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Hernandez allowed only an unearned run in six innings of work. He struck-out four and walked none. In nine total starts this season, Hernandez has a 4.62 ERA, but he sports an impressive 41:10 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings.

Two more recent additions to the River Cats' roster helped to close out the win. Andrew Carignan, activated from extended spring training on Friday, allowed an unearned run in one inning. He walked one. Brett Hunter, who had been with High-A Stockton until this weekend, tossed two shutout innings. He struck-out three and didn't allow a hit or a walk.

The River Cats' offense was clicking on all cylinders on Sunday. Sacramento had 14 hits and collected 10 walks. Anthony Recker led the way with a double, a homer and three walks. The homer was his sixth of the year.

Shane Peterson also homered, his fourth of the season for Sacramento, and Jemile Weeks added his third homer of the year. Peterson's OPS with Sacramento is now 959 in 27 games with the River Cats. Weeks scored three runs and stole a base. It was his fourth stolen base in his last 10 games.

Michael Taylor, Josh Donaldson and Adrian Cardenas each had two hits. Since being activated from extended spring training, Taylor is 15-for-39 with three walks and three stolen bases. Cardenas is batting .441 with a 1143 OPS over his last 10 games. He has only 16 strikeouts in 157 at-bats this season and his OBP is .420. Donaldson is continuing to recover from a slow start to the season. His OPS is 1058 over his last 10 games and he has an 853 OPS in May after posting a 591 OPS in April.

Other News and Notes:

* Ben Hornbeck was sent from Triple-A Sacramento back to High-A Stockton, swapping roster spots with Brett Hunter.

* The A's have named Josh Outman as the team's starter versus the Angels on Monday. He will be taking Brandon McCarthy's spot in the rotation. The A's will also need to call-up another starter for Tuesday's game against the Angels.

* Grant Green was placed on the 7-day disabled list for Double-A Midland this weekend with back spasms. Jason Christian took Green's place on the roster after being activated from the DL.

* According to MLBTraderumors, the A's have signed former Oakland starter Lenny DiNardo to minor league deal.

* The Midland Rockhounds dropped their eighth straight game with a 3-2 loss to Corpus Christi. Jermaine Mitchell reached base three times with a hit and three walks. He is now batting .361 with a 1153 OPS in 42 games for Midland. His OBP is .495 this season.

* The Stockton Ports were three outs from being no-hit before Myrio Richard singled as a pinch-hitter to lead-off the ninth versus the San Jose Giants. The Ports have dropped four straight games.

* The Burlington Bees have officially hit their first rough period of the season. The Bees lost their fourth game in six contests, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Jonathan Joseph struggled in his first start of the season, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings. Zack Thronton struck-out six in 3.2 shutout innings in relief of Joseph.

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