The Oakland A's added utilityman Arismendy Alcantara to their 25-man roster in advance of their Tuesday match-up with the Milwaukee Brewers. The versatile Alcantara takes the place of reliever Daniel Coulombe, who was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville.
The A's acquired Alcantara from the Chicago Cubs on June 9 in exchange for Chris Coghlan. The former top prospect has struggled this season, but provides the A's a versatile defender with above-average speed. He had appeared in 11 games for the Sounds since the trade, collecting six hits -- including a triple and a homerun -- in 37 at-bats. Alcantara is batting .248/.299/.415 on the season between Triple-A Iowa and Nashville. He is a perfect 26-for-26 in stolen bases and he has six homers in 63 games, but Alcantara has struck-out 76 times.
The native of the Dominican Republic is a career .272 hitter in eight minor league seasons. He has played in 81 games at the big league level and has a .194 career average with 10 homeruns in those 81 games. He has experience at every position in the field except for first base and catcher and he is a switch-hitter. He will be 24 years old until late October.
Coulombe returns to Triple-A with a 4.61 ERA in 13.2 innings for the A's. The left-hander has been nearly unhittable in Triple-A, posting an 0.45 ERA in 20 innings. He has a 29:3 K:BB in Triple-A.