Injuries have had an impact up-and-down the Oakland A's system this weekend.
At the major-league level, the A's placed OF Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hand on Saturday morning. Cespedes injured the hand on an awkward slide on Friday evening during the A's 4-3 extra-innings win over the Detroit Tigers. The A's also lost OF Coco Crisp to a strained groin in that game, although that injury is considered day-to-day and Crisp has remained on the active roster.
Replacing Cespedes on the A's roster is OF Michael Taylor, who was off to a red-hot start with the Sacramento River Cats this season. The Stanford alum had 16 hits in his first 39 at-bats, including three homers and five doubles. His OPS was 1222.
Taylor's promotion opened up a spot on the River Cats' roster, and the A's sent utilityman Tyler Ladendorf up from Double-A Midland. The versatile Ladendorf will give Sacramento manager Steve Scarsone a lot of options with his line-up, as Ladendorf can play every position except first base and catcher.
Midland added infielder Michael Fabiaschi to their roster, replacing Ladendorf. Fabiaschi began the year at extended spring training, but he joined the Stockton Ports early last week INF Antonio Lamas was placed on the temporarily inactive list. Lamas was reinstated to the active roster later in the week, replacing SS Addison Russell on the Stockton roster. Russell was placed on the DL with a strained back, retroactive to April 7. Fabiaschi had four hits, including two homers, in 18 at-bats for the Ports and his OPS was 986 in six games.
It is Russell who has replaced Fabiaschi on the Ports' active roster. Russell is back in the Stockton starting line-up on Sunday. He appeared in the Ports' first two games this season before injuring his back during infield practice before the third game of the year.
Sacramento left-hander Jordan Norberto was placed on the seven-day disabled list with an elbow injury on Saturday, setting off a chain reaction of roster moves within the A's organization.
Right-hander Darren Byrd, who was acquired for 3B Stephen Parker this spring, was promoted from Double-A Midland to Sacramento. Byrd had allowed just one run in 6.2 innings for the RockHounds before his promotion. He was in the Milwaukee organization for the past three seasons.
Replacing Byrd in Midland is reliever Mike DeMark, who was signed to a minor league free agent contract this spring. DeMark had started the season in extended spring training. He had a scoreless debut for the RockHounds (1.2 innings) on Saturday night.
The RockHounds are also now carrying three catchers on their roster. When the A's released Tommy Mendonca from the organization on Friday, it opened up a roster spot for catcher Beau Taylor, who had been at extended spring training. He officially joined the Midland roster on Sunday. Taylor joins David Freitas and Ryan Lipkin as catchers on the Midland roster.
On Thursday, there were a flurry of moves made on the Low-A Beloit Snappers' roster. SS Wilfredo Solano and pitcher Stuart Pudenz were placed on the seven-day disabled list. Catcher Nick Rickles replaced Solano on the roster. He had started the year in Double-A and went 2-for-4 with the RockHounds. He went 2-for-3 with a walk in his debut with Beloit on Saturday. Replacing Pudenz on the Snappers' roster was RHP Drew Tyson, who was sent up from extended spring training on Saturday.