Oakland A's MLN: 40-Man Roster Shifts

The Oakland A's made two moves involving their 40-man roster on Monday. The A's also officially welcomed in two more of their 2014 draft picks into the organization, including their top pick. We have all of that news, plus the rest of the action around the A's system.

Elmore Activated and Optioned; Walden Outrighted

The Oakland A's made two moves involving their 40-man roster on Monday. The A's activated infielder Jake Elmore (quad) off of the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Oakland also outrighted right-hander Marcus Walden off of the 40-man roster and transferred him to Double-A Midland. Right-hander Zach Neal was moved up from Midland to Sacramento, taking Walden's spot in the rotation.

Elmore has appeared in eight games with the River Cats this season, the first seven of which were rehab appearances. He has six hits in 22 at-bats, as well as five walks.

Walden was claimed off of waivers by the A's in April. He started 11 games for the River Cats, posting a 5.73 ERA in 59.2 innings. Walden posted a 34:27 K:BB. His GO/AO was a solid 1.76.

Neal returns to Sacramento after a month with Stockton and Midland. In 13 starts for Sacramento, Midland and Stockton, Neal has a 2.47 ERA and a 66:9 K:BB in 83.2 innings. Neal's last two starts for Midland were nearly flawless. He didn't allow an earned run in 15.2 innings. Neal struck-out 11 and didn't walk a batter in those two starts.

The A's also optioned Andy Parrino back to Sacramento after he spent the weekend on the A's roster filling in for Alberto Callaspo, who was on paternity leave. Parrino had a hit in four at-bats and two RBI in his return to Sacramento on Monday. He went 1-for-6 with a walk and an RBI double in six at-bats with the A's.

A's Sign Chapman, Loehr

The Oakland A's announced the signings of first-round pick Matt Chapman and sixth-round pick Trace Loehr. With those signings, the A's have now signed seven of their first 10 picks and 20 picks overall.

Chapman, a third baseman from Cal-State Fullerton, is expected to report to Low-A Beloit after spending some time working out in Arizona. Loehr, a shortstop out of Rex Putnam HS in Oregon, is likely to spend his pro debut season in the Arizona Rookie League.

Vermont Drops Home Opener

After beginning their season with a 2-1 series win over Lowell on the road, the Vermont Lake Monsters dropped a close game in their home opener, 3-2, to the Connecticut Tigers.

Left-hander Jose Torres got the start and he was hung with the loss after allowing three runs in five innings. He struck-out one and walked one. Lee Sosa relieved Torres and he put together arguably his best outing as a pro. In four shutout innings, Sosa allowed just a hit. He struck-out five and walked none.

The Lake Monsters had 10 hits, but they struggled with runners in scoring position (2-for-14). Brett Vertigan, Dayton Alexander, Justin Higley and Gabriel Santana each had two hits. Higley has had two hits in each of his last three games.

Sacramento Wins Series Over I-Cubs

Matt Buschmann had another strong outing and the Sacramento River Cats secured a series win over the Iowa Cubs with a 5-1 victory over the I-Cubs on Monday. The River Cats are now 41-30 on the year.

Buschmann tossed six innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks. He struck-out six. Over Buschmann's last eight starts, he has allowed more than three runs only once. Fernando Rodriguez tossed 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, his first scoreless outing after allowing runs in each of his first three appearances since returning from Oakland. Justin Marks finished off the game with 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck-out two. Marks has three scoreless relief appearances since re-joining the A's organization in a trade with Kansas City.

Tyler Ladendorf and Shane Peterson each had three hits in the win. Ladendorf raised his average to .322. He is batting .347 in June. Peterson is now hitting .311 and he has a streak of four-straight games with at least two hits. He is batting .333 in June.

Midland Shuts-Out Frisco

In the final game of the first half, the Midland RockHounds shut-out the first-half champion Frisco RoughRiders, 3-0. Midland finished 38-32 and 2.2 games out of first place.

Right-hander Chris Jensen earned the win with an outstanding outing. He allowed just two hits and two walks in seven innings. Jensen struck-out five. The start lowered Jensen's ERA to 4.02 ERA. He has allowed just two homeruns in 80.2 innings this season.

Tucker Healy made certain that Jensen secured the win with two scoreless innings in relief. He earned his third save by not allowing a base-runner and striking out three. Healy has an 0.60 ERA for Midland and a 22:5 K:BB in 21 innings with the RockHounds. On the year, Healy has 51 strike-outs and nine walks in 32.1 innings between Midland and Stockton.

Anthony Aliotti finished a triple short of the cycle. The homer was his sixth of the season. Miles Head had two doubles in four at-bats. Top prospect Addison Russell officially re-joined the Midland roster, although he didn't play in Monday's game. Russell is expected to play on Tuesday. He will continue to have his playing time monitored closely as he works his way back from the hamstring injury that cost him most of the first two-and-a-half months of the season.

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