On Friday, the Oakland A's placed centerfielder Mark Kotsay on the DL and added outfielder Jeff Davanon from Triple-A Sacramento. With Kotsay on the shelf and both Nick Swisher and Travis Buck hampered by hamstring injuries, the A's were forced to bring up another outfielder from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday: Dee Brown. It is Brown's second stint with the A's this season.
To make room for Brown on the A's 25-man roster, Oakland sent Friday night's starter, Dan Meyer, back to Triple-A Sacramento. Meyer allowed three earned runs (six total) in four innings during his first major league start. He is a strong candidate to return to the A's sometime in September when rosters have expanded.
Brown had only one at-bat during his last stint with the A's. He has appeared in 62 games for the River Cats this season and is batting .298 with 14 homers and an 884 OPS. The former Kansas City Royals outfielder began the year in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, where he appeared in 41 games for Triple-A Tucson. On the season, he has a .293 average with 16 homers and 78 RBI in 103 Triple-A games.
Replacing Brown in Sacramento is outfielder Nick Blasi, who returns to the River Cats after a week at Double-A Midland. Blasi hit .393 with two RBI in 28 at-bats for the Rockhounds. He was batting an even .300 in 243 at-bats for the River Cats when he was demoted to Double-A.
The River Cats should also soon receive additional reinforcements in their outfield, as Brian Stavisky has begun his rehab with High-A Stockton. He should return to Triple-A once he has a few at-bats under his belt.
Midland will also be adding reinforcements, as outfielder Javier Herrera has been activated from the disabled list. He had missed more than three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Oakland A's Notes: Brown Back; Meyer To Sac.
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