Madsen Heads To DL
Right-hander Mike Madsen was placed on the Midland Rockhounds' 7-day DL on Friday. Madsen hasn't pitched since April 8, when he allowed two earned runs in six innings in a win over Springfield. He is nursing a sore right elbow and is currently rehabbing the injury. Right-hander Ryan Webb has been pitching in Madsen's place in the rotation for the past few weeks. Madsen is 2-0 on the season with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings.
The Rockhounds now only have three members of their original starting rotation on the active roster -- James Simmons, Andrew Bailey and Vince Mazzaro. Left-hander Danny Borrell was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento when Greg Smith was sent to the big leagues. Borrell is 2-0 for the River Cats since his promotion from Midland. He was replaced in the Midland rotation by right-hander Henry Rodriguez, who makes his second Double-A start on Friday.
Carignan Moving Up
Right-hander Andrew Carignan joins right-hander Patrick Currin as the second member of the Stockton Ports' bullpen to be promoted to Double-A Midland. Carignan is taking Madsen's spot on the active roster, although Carignan is likely to stick in Midland even when Madsen returns from his injury.
Carignan has been dominant thus far this season. The North Carolina alum has allowed only one run on five hits in 10 innings for the Ports. He has walked five guys, but the walks haven't hurt him, as he has 17 strike-outs. Opposing batters hit only .147 against him in the California League. He leaves the Ports with four saves.
Carignan was a fifth round pick of the A's out of UNC last season. He is the all-time College World Series saves leader and one of the hardest throwers in the A's system. Carignan has been clocked as high as 99 MPH this year.
Fragoso Headed To Stockton; Oakes To Kane County
Reliever Jose Fragoso, who was a minor league Rule 5 pick-up by the A's this off-season, has been promoted to High-A Stockton. He had been limited early this season by a minor leg injury, but he pitched as recently as April 15, when he threw two innings. Fragoso has not allowed an earned run this season in 5.2 innings of work. He has struck-out 12 and walked only one.
Earl Oakes has joined the Cougars from extended spring training. The big right-hander appeared in 17 games last season, 11 for short-season Vancouver and six for High-A Stockton. He had a 4.03 ERA in 38 innings with 29 strike-outs and nine walks. Oakes was a 24th round pick of the A's in 2006. The 22-year-old attended Pace University.
The A's announced on Thursday the release of infielder Eddie Cornejo. Cornejo had been on the disabled list for Sacramento with a sprained ankle. The infielder appeared in three games for the River Cats this season, collecting one hit and one RBI in 10 at-bats.
Cornejo was a 13th round pick of Oakland's in 2003 out of Oklahoma. He hit .286 last season in 67 games for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento. He was on the River Cats' playoff roster last year. Cornejo also won a league championship ring with the Modesto A's in 2004.
Cornejo hit .284 with a .367 OBP in five-plus minor league seasons in the A's chain. He played all over the infield for the A's. Cornejo was one of three players (Jed Morris and Benny Winslow being the other two) who collaborated to make a movie about being a minor league baseball player during the 2005 Stockton Ports' season.
Saarloos Rejoins Sacramento
The A's announced on Friday that right-hander Kirk Saarloos had cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. Saarloos was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for Rajai Davis. Saarloos appeared in two games for the A's in his brief stint with the team. He was 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts with Sacramento earlier in the year.
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