Oakland A's MLN: More Moves; Good Pitching

More Oakland A's prospects were on the move on Wednesday, as the minor league rosters continued to shift. We have a rundown on those moves and on good pitching performances in the A's system on the Fourth of July.

A's Promote Herrera, Others; Disable Powell

Top prospect Javier Herrera was promoted to Double-A Midland on Wednesday. He made his debut with the Rockhounds by hitting second and playing in left field. Herrera went 1-3 with a walk. It is his first tour at Double-A. Herrera appeared in a handful of games at the Triple-A level in 2005, but had never been to Double-A before Wednesday. Herrera was hitting .274 with nine homers and a 785 OPS in 62 games for the Stockton Ports before he was promoted. He missed two weeks of games in June with a hamstring injury.

Joining Herrera on the trip from Stockton to Midland was left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer. Cramer, who signed as a minor league free agent earlier in the season, had a 4-1 record with a 3.80 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) for the Ports this season. He struck out 41 and walked 10 in 45 innings. Cramer made his Midland debut in relief on Wednesday, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk and struck out two.

Utilityman Lloyd Turner was promoted from Stockton to Sacramento on Wednesday to give the River Cats some added depth on their roster. Turner has been shuttling between the two teams all season. Outfielder Danny Putnam began the next step in his rehab from a broken hand, joining the Ports after spending a week with the A's Rookie League team. Putnam should join the River Cats sometime next week. He homered in his first game with Stockton.

Outfielder Jon Zeringue joined the Ports on Wednesday. He was signed by the A's as a minor league free agent earlier in the week. Zeringue had been with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before being released earlier this year. He hit .143 in 24 games for the Moblie BayBears earlier this season. Zeringue homered for Stockton in his first Ports' at-bat on Wednesday.

In Sacramento, catcher Landon Powell was placed on the DL with an injured left knee. Powell left Monday's game early with knee soreness. It isn't yet known how serious the injury is. Powell was promoted to Triple-A last Thursday and already had three homers for the River Cats.

Notable July 4th Performances

* Brad Knox pitched a complete game gem for the Sacramento River Cats, leading them to a 7-1 road win over Fresno. Knox allowed one unearned run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one. The win was his fifth for Sacramento and he lowered his Triple-A ERA to 4.01. Jason Perry homered twice to lead the Sacramento offense. J.J. Furmaniak also homered for Sacramento.

* Trevor Cahill was outstanding in leading Kane County to a 3-1 win over Peoria. Cahill allowed only two hits and one unearned run in six innings. He struck out a career-high nine batters and walked three. Travis Banwart made his professional debut in relief, throwing three scoreless innings and earning his first save. He struck out four and allowed only two hits. Ramiro Mendez homered for the Cougars to account for all three runs.

* Outfielder Javier James had a big game for the A's Rookie League team on Wednesday. James went 3-3 with a homer, a triple, two RBI and three walks.

* Outfielder Mike Lissman, who signed with the A's as an undrafted free agent in late June, made his professional debut on Wednesday and went 1-5 for the A's Rookie League team. Lissman starred for Oregon State during the College World Series, helping the Beavers win their second straight title. Lissman faced legal trouble this season, which hurt his draft status.

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