For the second time this season, Oakland A's first basman Ike Davis is heading to the disabled list with a lower body injury. Davis was placed on the DL on Wednesday with a left hip strain. He missed more than a month earlier in the season with a quad strain. In his place, the A's have recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.
Smolinski re-joins the A's after spending nearly three weeks in Triple-A. He was sent down to Nashville on August 3 despite having a .320/.379/.640 line with three homers in 11 games for Oakland. Smolinski hit .262/.347/.524 with the Sounds after his demotion. On the year, Smolinski has a .374/.429/.687 line in Triple-A.
At the time of Smolinski's demotion to Nashville, the thought was that he would spend some time working at first base in Triple-A, but he spent all of his time with the Sounds in the outfield. Smolinski has only eight games of experience at first in his career, so it is likely that Mark Canha - who had his first four-hit game as a big leaguer on Monday - will see more time at first in Davis' absence. Smolinski could get Canha's at-bats in the outfield. Danny Valencia also has some experience at first base and could get some at-bats there. Smolinski should remain on the A's roster the rest of the season. By the time Davis is eligible to return from the DL, rosters will have expanded to 40 players.
In other roster news, the A's released veteran lefty Phil Coke from his contract. He had been pitching in Triple-A. RHP Carlos Navas was promoted to High-A Stockton on Tuesday and RHP Tucker Healy was placed on the Midland disabled list.