The Oakland A's -- losers of seven of their last eight -- made several roster moves on Tuesday. The A's placed utilityman Mark Canha on the disabled list with a strained lower back and reliever Liam Hendriks on the disabled list with a right triceps strain. Oakland also optioned rookie reliever J.B. Wendelken to Triple-A. To fill those three roster spots, the A's recalled Tyler Ladendorf and Andrew Triggs and purchased the contract of Daniel Coulombe. Chris Bassitt (Tommy John surgery) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Coulombe on the 40-man roster.
Canha and Hendriks have both struggled this season. In 16 games, Canha is batting just .122 with three homers in 41 at-bats. He hasn't received regular playing time all season and missed a significant portion of spring training with a back strain. Hendriks hasn't looked right since the season began. He has allowed 28 hits and 15 earned runs in just 16.1 innings of work. Hendriks was acquired by the A's this off-season for Jesse Chavez after Hendriks had a breakout season in the Toronto bullpen. Wendelken made two appearances for the A's this week -- his first two in the big leagues. He allowed five runs in two innings. He has a 3.27 ERA in Triple-A this season.
Ladendorf and Triggs return to the A's roster after brief stays with Triple-A Nashville. Ladendorf spent two weeks with the A's when Danny Valencia was on the DL. He appeared in only six games during those two weeks, collecting two at-bats. Triggs has made two appearances for Oakland this season and has retired all six batters he has faced. Coulombe spent some of last September with Oakland but was outrighted off of the 40-man roster during the off-season. He is off to a strong start this season with Nashville, posting a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings pitched.
The A's made several minor league transactions on Tuesday, as well. Ryan Gorton joined the Midland RockHounds' roster on Tuesday from extended spring training. Gorton began the year at extended while rehabbing right triceps tightness. The former catcher had an eye-opening debut as a pitcher last season, posting a 2.17 ERA between Rookie ball, short-season and Low-A. Gorton replaces Aaron Kurcz on the Midland roster. Kurcz has been promoted to Triple-A Nashville after posting a 1.26 ERA in 14.1 innings for the Sounds. In addition, Midland starter Dylan Covey landed on the seven-day DL after leaving his start on Sunday with a left oblique injury.
In other Midland news, it was a RockHounds' sweep of the weekly awards for the Texas League. Raul Alcantara earned the Pitcher of the Week award after a six-inning hitless outing on May 5. Viosergy Rosa went 10-for-29 with six extra-base hits over the past week.