With the Nashville Sounds' season coming to an end on Monday, the Oakland A's added two more Sounds to their active roster on Tuesday. Oakland recalled outfielder Craig Gentry and infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A. Both players have spent time in Oakland earlier this season. The A's didn't promote second baseman Joey Wendle, who earned a spot on the All-PCL team after a season with the Sounds that included a franchise-record 42 doubles.
Gentry was on the A's Opening Day roster and was expected to see a significant amount of playing time against left-handed pitching this season. Instead, Gentry found himself in Triple-A in late April after going 3-for-38 to start the year. Gentry continued to struggle in May, hitting only .143, but he improved in June (.316 with an 843 OPS) and finished the year with a .259/.319/.327 line in 101 games with Nashville. Gentry stole 25 bases in 32 chances and hit five homeruns, his highest homerun total since 2009. Gentry played all 101 games with the Sounds in centerfield. He joins an A's outfield that includes Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Billy Burns, Sam Fuld, Jake Smolinski, Mark Canha and utilityman Tyler Ladendorf.
Muncy joins the A's for the third time this season. The rookie corner infielder has a .217/.283/.386 line in 36 big league games this year. He appeared in 60 games for Nashville this season and he hit .274/.350/.406 with four homers. This was Muncy's first season above the Double-A level. The A's 2012 fifth-round pick is a career .271 hitter in the minor leagues with an 806 OPS. He appeared in 32 games at third base and 26 games at first base for Nashville this season. Muncy could see time at both positions with Oakland this month.
The A's did not recall Wendle, who hit .289/.323/.442 with 10 homers and those 42 doubles in his first season in Triple-A. Wendle will likely be added to the A's 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The A's also didn't recall 40-man roster member Rangel Ravelo, who missed the first half of the season with a wrist injury but finished the year with a .304/.377/.439 line in 59 games between the Arizona Rookie League, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville.
Left-hander Barry Zito, who also wasn't recalled, spent much of the final few weeks of the season on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, but he returned from the Nashville DL in time to make a one-inning relief appearance on Sunday. Zito went 1-2-3 in the inning in what could be the final professional appearance of his pitching career. Zito had a 3.46 ERA in 138 innings for Nashville this season. He allowed just 10 homeruns and opponents hit only .234 against him.