Oakland A's MLN: Weekend Notes

We have news and notes from the weekend that was in the Oakland A's system.

Gentry Back in Oakland

On Sunday, the Oakland A’s placed first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list with a quad strain. The DL stint is retroactive to May 14. The A’s added centerfielder Craig Gentry to their big league roster to take Davis’ spot. Gentry began the year with Oakland but was sent down to Triple-A Nashville on May 6 after getting off to a very slow start. He didn’t fare much better with Nashville (.171/.275/.171 in nine games), but Gentry’s speed and defense will be utilized off of the A’s bench for now. The A’s are hopeful that utilityman Ben Zobrist will be ready to return from a knee injury on May 25, so Gentry will likely have until that time to earn a more permanent spot on the A’s roster.

Doolittle Makes Another Rehab Appearance with Ports

Sean Doolittle made his second rehab appearance with Stockton on Sunday. In Doolittle’s first outing on Thursday, the left-hander struck-out the first two batters he faced before allowing back-to-back homers and then inducing a pop-up to end the inning. On Sunday, Doolittle pitched an inning for the Ports with similar results. He allowed three hits and two runs in the frame. He didn’t strike-out or walk a batter. Doolittle’s velocity has been down from his normal rates in both outings. His fastball hit 90 MPH in each outing, but didn’t exceed it.

Graveman Fires Seven Strong

The A’s haven’t had much good news in recent weeks, but they have to be encouraged by the work of right-hander Kendall Graveman since his demotion to Triple-A. In four starts, Graveman has a 1.85 ERA and 20 hits allowed in 24.1 innings. He has 14 strike-outs and nine walks and he has allowed one homerun. On Sunday, Graveman had his best start to date. He allowed just two unearned runs in seven innings. Graveman struck-out three, walked none and allowed five hits.

Nolin Continues to Progress

Left-hander Sean Nolin was activated off of the A’s disabled list and optioned to Nashville late this week, but he continues to make strides towards joining the A’s roster this year. Nolin made his third appearance for the Sounds on Thursday. This outing was a start and he went three innings, allowing just a hit. He struck-out three and walked none. Nolin has had a one-, two- and three-inning outing in his three appearances thus far. In those six innings, he has yet to allow a run. Nolin has six strike-outs, two walks and three hits allowed.

Muncy Hit His First Homerun

A’s first-baseman Max Muncy hit his first big league homerun in Oakland’s loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The homer came off of ex-A’s starter Jeff Samardzija. Muncy hit the homer to right center on an 0-2 pitch. The A’s 2012 fifth-round pick is batting .227/.280/.409 in 22 MLB at-bats since his call-up in late April.

Burns Continues to Take Advantage of Chance

Rookie outfielder Billy Burns could be playing his way into a permanent spot in the A’s line-up. Burns had three more hits on Sunday and is now batting .321 with a .367 OBP in 56 at-bats with the A’s since his call-up earlier this month.

Freiman Lands on Disabled List

First baseman Nate Freiman was placed on the Nashville disabled list on Saturday with a right groin strain. Freiman has had a tough year health-wise. He missed all of spring training and the first month of the season with a back strain. In eight games with the Sounds before the groin strain, Freiman had five hits in 27 at-bats. All five hits were singles.

Duran Returns to the A’s

Released by the Detroit Tigers two weeks ago, Omar Duran re-signed with the Oakland A’s this week and was assigned to High-A Stockton. The hard-throwing left-hander spent seven years in the A’s organization before signing with Detroit as a minor league free agent this past off-season. Duran debuted with Stockton on Sunday and threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. To make room for Duran in Stockton, the A’s sent Joey Wagman back to Low-A Beloit.

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