Transaction Log: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Injuries have forced the Oakland A's to reshuffle a number of players throughout their system. Sacramento has sent three players to Oakland and a number of the A's minor leaguers found themselves on different teams this week. We'll review the moves in this edition of Transaction Log.

The A's disabled list grew by two this week, as reliever Kiko Calero and starter Rich Harden went down with injuries. Calero was replaced by Sacramento reliever Tim Harikkala and Harden's spot was taken by Sacramento starter Seth Etherton. The A's also called up hot-hitting outfielder Matt Watson from the River Cats in an attempt to jump-start their tepid offensive attack. Utilityman Jermaine Clark was designated for assignment to make room for Watson on the roster. The A's will have 10 days to trade Clark or make him available on waivers. If he isn't claimed, he can either accept the A's designation to Sacramento or become a free agent.

Infielder Adam Morrissey was designated for assignment off of the A's 40-man roster when Clark was called up to Oakland on May 2. After waiting 10 days to clear waivers, Morrissey accepted the A's designation and rejoined the Sacramento River Cats as a non-40-man roster player on May 13. Sacramento also added infielder Francis Gomez from Stockton to help give the team some depth while Morrissey was waiting to clear waivers. Gomez will likely stay with Sacramento until Clark clears waivers.

Sacramento's pitching staff took a huge hit this week, as they lost a large group of their staff to injury and promotion. As mention earlier, Seth Etherton and Tim Harikkala received promotions to Oakland to replace injured players. The River Cats also lost left-handed starters John Rheinecker and Dan Meyer and right-handed relievers Chris Mabeus and Billy Sylvester to injury. The River Cats also lost starter Steve Smyth to the suspension list when he failed a steroid drug test. Reliever Mario Ramos moved into the starting rotation and the A's signed knuckleballer Steve Sparks to a minor league contract to give Sacramento another starting pitcher. Midland also sent the River Cats two of their best relievers in Jairo Garcia and Nick Mattioni. The River Cats also added another pitcher when Oakland made a trade with Toronto to acquire right-hander Ryan Glynn for cash considerations. Glynn appeared in six games for Toronto last season. He may make a start for Sacramento tomorrow.

The Stockton Ports announced on Sunday that left-handed starter Dallas Braden has been promoted to AA-Midland. Braden is leading the minor leagues with 64 strikeouts and was a perfect 6-0 on the season with a 2.68 ERA. Braden struck out more than 10 batters in each of his last four starts and was absolutely dazzling in his short stay with his hometown team. He is the second member of the A's 2004 draft class to make it to AA. Huston Street was the first 2004 draftee to be promoted beyond A-ball when he did it last season.

There figure to be more moves over the next two weeks, as Oakland A's position players Nick Swisher and Bobby Crosby are expected to begin rehab assignments. They could be assigned to either Stockton or Sacramento, depending on which team is playing at home. In addition, starters Brad Knox and Brad Sullivan and third baseman Brian Snyder are wrapping up their time in extended spring training and could be added to active rosters over the next few weeks.


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