Meyer Glad To Be Back On Big Stage

A two-year journey involving countless doctor's visits and rehab appointments came to a happy conclusion on Monday when left-hander Dan Meyer finally returned to the big leagues. Meyer, once the A's top pitching prospect, had been hampered by injuries in 2005 and 2006. Finally healthy in 2007, Meyer is back in the bigs and hoping to prove that he is there to stay.

Left-hander Dan Meyer understandably wore a big smile when he entered the A's clubhouse shortly before Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Sacramento, Meyer endured a long road to Oakland's roster since he was acquired from Atlanta as part of the Tim Hudson trade of December 2004.

Shoulder injuries, which eventually led to surgery in July 2006, sabotaged the 2005 and 2006 seasons for Meyer. But he's come back strong, and he had gone 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 19 starts for the River Cats. He struck out 93 in 103 innings for Sacramento and was one of the River Cats' most reliable starters this season. This is the first season that Meyer has posted a winning record with the River Cats after two losing seasons. His fastball had been clocked consistently in the 89-91 range with Sacramento, with occasional readings at 92/93.

Meyer was called up to take the roster spot of fellow lefty Dallas Braden, who was optioned to Sacramento on Monday. Meyer is expected to be used in long relief for now, but could move into the starting rotation down the road.

"It's good to be (with Oakland), but it's not over," Meyer said.

"I've got to go out there and perform. It's good to be here, but I want to stay here."

Other Notes:
--LHP Dallas Braden was optioned to Sacramento, one day after he lasted just 1 2/3 innings in a loss to Detroit. Braden said he will concentrate on developing his slider and sinker in the minors to complement his fastball and a very effective changeup.

--2B Mark Ellis hit his 16th homer of the season in a 7-2 win over Detroit. That ties a franchise record for most homers in a season by a second baseman, a feat also accomplished by Davey Lopes (1983) and Jimmy Dykes (1921).

--1B/OF Nick Swisher sat out Monday with a sore left hamstring and is considered day to day. Swisher left Sunday's game after aggravating his hamstring running to first base, but said he was feeling "a lot better" Monday.

--OF Travis Buck also missed Monday's game and is considered day to day with his sore right elbow. Neither Buck nor Swisher are expected to miss significant time, and Buck's elbow has caused him to miss occasional time all season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That was about the fourth or fifth one where he hit it so high, you literally have a conversation with the person standing next to you -- 'Do you think he hit it far enough?' 'Yeah, that sounded good off the bat.'" -- A's manager Bob Geren, marveling at the height of a grand slam Jack Cust hit Aug. 10 against Detroit.

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