For the second time this week, the Oakland A's reached into the roster of the Triple-A Nashville Sounds for reinforcements. Earlier this week, the A's promoted reliever Andrew Triggs from Nashville. He made his major-league debut on Monday, tossing a scoreless inning in relief against the Detroit Tigers. On Wednesday, the A's purchased the contract of outfielder/catcher Matt McBride from Nashville. To make room for McBride on the 25-man roster, Triggs was optioned back to Nashville. To get McBride onto the 40-man roster, the A's transferred Felix Doubront to the 60-day DL. Doubront will miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
McBride signed with the A's as a minor league free agent during the off-season and he was a non-roster invitee to spring training. The 30-year-old was batting only .188 with a .297 OBP in 11 games with the Sounds. A versatile defender, McBride can play the outfield, first base and catcher. With Nashville, he had been serving as the Sounds' number two catcher and occasional right fielder. McBride is a career .299 hitter with a .352 OBP in 862 minor league games. He has 72 games of major-league experience, and is a career .199 hitter at that level.
Earlier this month, McBride was contacted by Yokohama of the Nippon Professional League about possibly playing there. For the moment, McBride's addition to the A's roster will end those discussions.
Triggs returns to Nashville after his two-day stay in the big leagues. His major league debut was impressive and it is likely he will see time with Oakland again later this season.
In minor league roster news, the A's sent LHP Mike Fagan to Low-A Beloit. He had been at extended spring training. The Snappers placed Dustin Driver (elbow) and Trace Loehr (leg) on the 7-day DL and activated RHP Kevin Johnson off the DL on Tuesday.