The Oakland A's optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville and re-assigned catcher Carson Blair to minor league camp after the A's 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The A's now have 37 players in big league camp, although three of those players (Sam Fuld (shoulder), Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) and R.J. Alvarez (elbow)) are expected to start the year on the disabled list.
Smolinski had a strong camp and he is likely to see time in the big leagues with the A's at some point this year. He hit .316/.349/.500 with a homer and four doubles. Smolinski had a .462 SLG in 41 games with the A's last year. He is expected to start the year with Triple-A Nashville. He hit .349 with a 1030 OPS in 25 games with Nashville last season.
Blair hit .222 in 18 spring at-bats with the A's this season. The backstop is expected to start the year with Triple-A Nashville. Blair made his major-league debut with Oakland last season, collecting four hits (including a homer) in 31 at-bats.
The A's have three more days in Arizona before they head to the Bay Area for the annual Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants.