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Oakland A's Minor League Notebook: Player movement

It was a busy weekend of transactions within the Oakland A's minor league system. We catch-up on all of the moves in this edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook.

There were several moves up and down the Oakland A's organization this weekend. When the A's added infielder Ryon Healy to the roster on Friday, it kick-started several moves. To make room for Healy on the 25-man roster, OF Billy Burns was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He has yet to make his 2016 debut for the Sounds. The A's also had to make room for Healy on the 40-man roster, so right-hander Nick Tepesch was designated for assignment. The Kansas City Royals then claimed Tepesch from the A's on Monday.

Perhaps betting that Tepesch wouldn't clear waivers, the A's acquired veteran LHP Ross Detwiler from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations on Sunday. Detwiler should take Tepesch's place in the Nashville rotation and gives the A's more veteran depth as they approach a trade deadline that could lead to the team trading one or more of their starters. The A's, who lost Rich Hill (blister) and Andrew Triggs (linedrive to the knee) in the same inning on Sunday, will promote Dillon Overton from Nashville to start for the A's on Tuesday. 

The Sounds also saw a change with their catcher depth over the weekend. Carson Blair was granted free agency and Bryan Anderson was promoted from Midland to Nashville. Andy Paz, who has moved around throughout the season, took Anderson's spot in Midland as Beau Taylor's back-up.

The Beloit Snappers added two players who had been rehabbing in Arizona over the weekend: 1B Chris Iriart and OF Robert Martinez. Iriart suffered a facial fracture when he was beaned by a pitch in early June. Martinez suffered a badly sprained ankle during spring training and had yet to make his 2016 full-season debut. Iriart homered in his second game back with the Snappers, his 10th of the year. Martinez has yet to make his Beloit debut. OF Mike Martin landed on the Snappers' DL over the weekend, as well.

Maxwell wins weekly honor

Nashville Sounds' catcher Bruce Maxwell is the Pacific Coast League's player of the week after he had a monster series versus the El Paso Chihuahuas. Maxwell went 11-for-17 with four homers, 10 RBI and two walks. The A's 2012 second-round pick has his season line up to .313/.387/.519 and he has a career-high nine homeruns. He has a 1452 OPS in 12 games in July.

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