Oakland A's MLN: News And Notes

We have news and notes from around the Oakland A's system, including some injury updates, as well as news on draft pick signings.

-- Scott Mitchinson, who has a 5-2 record and a 1.60 ERA in 11 starts for Low-A Kane County this season, had his start on Saturday skipped. He is battling a sore elbow. Mitchinson had surgery on his labrum in 2006, but he had been healthy thus far this season. The native Australian was named to the Midwest League All-Star game earlier this month.

-- Henry Rodriguez put together his first solid start since mid-April on Friday for the Stockton Ports. Rodriguez was promoted from Stockton to Double-A Midland in April after three strong starts, but he struggled in nine starts with the Rockhounds. After a demotion back to High-A on June 8, Rodriguez continued to struggle, allowing five runs and six walks in 3.2 innings. On June 13, he looked more like the pitcher that grabbed headlines this spring, however, striking out 10 in six innings for the Ports. He allowed three runs and walked two over those six frames. Rodriguez has had no trouble striking out batters both at High-A and Double-A this season, whiffing 75 in 60.1 innings. However, he has walked way too many batters, issuing 49 free passes this year.

-- Right-hander Jason Glushon was added to the Stockton Ports roster this weekend in place of reliever Arnold Leon, who has returned to Mexico. Glushon has appeared in games for Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland and High-A Stockton this season. In 31.1 combined innings, the 23-year-old has a 4.31 ERA. Leon will spend the rest of the year with Saltillo of the Mexican Summer League. The 19-year-old posted a 2.86 ERA in 28.1 innings in his first taste of US baseball. He struck-out 28 and walked nine for the Ports in 20 relief appearances. Leon was signed by the A's this off-season out of the Mexican Summer League, but part of the acquisition agreement was that Leon would be allowed to pitch half of this season with Saltillo. He will be with the A's organization full-time next season.

-- The A's came to terms with two more draft picks over the weekend: Arizona State catcher Petey Paramore and prep star Rashun Dixon. Paramore, who was the A's third-round pick, was regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in this draft. He is expected to report to short-season Vancouver. Dixon, who was the A's 10th round pick, was a two-sport star for Terry High School in Mississippi. He turned down a football scholarship to Mississippi State to sign with the A's. Dixon was the Mississippi Baseball Player of the Year in 2008 after hitting .511 with 14 homers during his senior season. Dixon is likely report to the Arizona Rookie League. The A's have now signed 18 of their 50 picks from this year's draft.

-- The Midland Rockhounds were battered by a score of 13-1 on Sunday night. Infielder/outfielder Myron Leslie made a brief appearance on the mound, retiring Seth Johnson with two-outs in the ninth inning. He began the game as a third baseman. Andrew Bailey allowed four runs in four innings, allowing four walks and striking out three. He took a ball off of his shin in the first inning, but the injury didn't appear serious, as he pitched the next three innings. Like Rodriguez, Bailey has done a good job racking up strike-outs this season (64 in 66.2 innings), but he has struggled with his command, walking 41 batters and allowing 12 homers.

-- Sacramento River Cats third baseman Jeff Baisley is off to a strong start this season, posting an 871 OPS with eight homers and 40 RBIs through 61 games this season. Baisley has been bothered by a sore left foot lately, however. The injury hasn't hurt his production, as he has a .316 average with seven RBIs over his last 10 games.

-- Sacramento right-hander Kirk Saarloos is also hurting. The former A's fifth starter left Sunday's game in the second inning with shoulder soreness. He allowed seven runs in two innings in a loss on Sunday to Tacoma.

-- Sacramento right-hander Shane Komine has been placed on the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since May 26th and could be heading towards shoulder surgery. The Hawaiian native has been pitching with tears in his labrum, but he has attempted to rehab the injury without surgery. Komine made only four relief appearances this season before being sidelined with shoulder pain. He made 23 starts for the River Cats last season and has appeared in four games in his career with the Oakland A's.

-- The Vancouver Canadians will begin their season on June 17th. Craig Lefferts, who was scheduled to be the C's pitching coach this season, will be sidelined for the year after he undergoes hand surgery. Jimmy Escalante will take over for Lefferts as the C's pitching coach this season.

-- Rain has caused a number of cancellations for the A's Dominican Summer League teams thus far this season. However, there are a few early stand-outs for the A's. Shortstop Alcibiades Made is off to a strong start for the A's DSL team 2. In six games, he has a .333 average and a double and a triple. Omar Duran, one of the international free agents signed by Oakland this off-season, has 10 strike-outs in seven innings for team 2. The 18-year-old lefty has walked five, but he has allowed only one run.

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