Oakland A's MLN: Roster Movement

There was roster movement throughout the Oakland A's organization over the weekend. We have the details on those transactions and on the opening of the Arizona Rookie League season inside...

Sacramento DL Fills Up

The Sacramento River Cats set a team record last season in terms of the number of transactions on and off of their roster. Sacramento may not have to go a year before breaking that record again, as the River Cats are on pace to make even more transactions this year. Over the weekend, Sacramento added to their totals, as the River Cats saw a significant shift in their roster.

Three players were added to the Sacramento DL this weekend: outfielders Travis Buck and Danny Putnam and third baseman Jeff Baisley. Buck landed on the DL with the after-effects of a mild concussion he sustained on June 19 when he crashed into the outfield wall to make a catch. Putnam is on the DL while he battles a case of pneumonia. Baisley's injury may cost him the most time of the three, however, as he is dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot. The timing is unfortunate for Baisley, who is off to a great start this season. In 62 games with the River Cats, Baisley has a .289 BA with eight homers, 40 RBIs and an 866 OPS.

Sacramento added a few players over the weekend. Infielder Gregorio Petit was sent back to Sacramento from Oakland, where he had spent the past five weeks as the A's back-up infielder. He replaced Donnie Murphy on the Sacramento roster. Murphy, who rejoined the A's, had been rehabbing an elbow injury with the River Cats. Also joining Sacramento was infielder Jesus Guzman and right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey. Guzman was promoted from Double-A Midland, where he hit .359 with a 976 OPS in 72 games for the Rockhounds. He was named to the Texas League All-Star team before the promotion. In his first two games with Sacramento, Guzman went 3-8 with an RBI. Godfrey was brought up from High-A Stockton, where he had a 5.74 ERA in 64.1 innings. This is Godfrey's second stint with Sacramento this season. He had a 2.1 inning scoreless stint for the River Cats back in April.

Stockton Aces On The Move

In addition to Godfrey, the High-A Stockton Ports lost two significant parts of their rotation this past week. Early in the week, right-hander Trevor Cahill, who was named to the Cal League All-Star team, was promoted to Double-A Midland. He made his first start for the Rockhounds on Friday, going six strong innings. He allowed only two hits and one run in his Double-A debut. The Cal League strike-out leader whiffed six batters and walked three in his first outing for the Rockhounds. In 14 appearances for the Ports, Cahill had a 2.78 ERA and 103 strike-outs in 87.1 innings.

Lefty Brett Anderson was also promoted to Double-A Midland this week. Anderson made his last start for the Ports on Friday in High Desert, where he allowed three runs on three hits in six innings with eight strike-outs. He struck-out 80 and walked only 18 in 74 innings for the Ports. Anderson had a stretch of three bad starts when he was nursing a sore left thumb in early May. Taking those three starts out of his stat line, Anderson allowed only 15 runs in 63 innings in the Cal League this season.

Joining Cahill and Anderson on the flight to Midland was Ports' infielder Mike Affronti. The versatile infielder took Guzman's spot on the Midland roster. Affronti hit .271 with five homers and 26 RBIs for the Ports in 70 games this season. He was 1-7 in his first two games for Midland.

Other News And Notes

-- The A's signed two undrafted minor league free agents this week and assigned them to the A's Arizona Rookie League affiliate: right-handers Bo Schultz and Juston Street. Schultz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he pitched for the Wildcats for two seasons. He is an alum of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and was All-Academic Big Ten in 2008. Street is the younger brother of A's closer Huston Street. The younger Street, like his older brother, attended the University of Texas, where he was a reliever. He was also an honor roll student in college.

-- The Arizona Rookie League got underway on Sunday. The AZL A's dropped their first game to the AZL Giants by a score of 12-4. Steven Sharpe made the start for the A's, allowing three runs in 2.2 innings. Sharpe is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent last season. He was named to the Texas League All-Star team before the injury. Ryan Doolittle, the A's 26th round pick, pitched two scoreless innings. He and Ronald Ferreras were the only two out of six A's pitchers not to allow a run in the game. Nino Leyja, the A's 15th round pick out of a Houston-area high school, went 2-4 with a triple and a double in his pro debut. Leonardo Gil had three hits, including a double.

-- Sacramento pitching coach Rick Rodriguez has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star coaching staff. The Triple-A All-Star game will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 16th. Rodriguez has been the River Cats' pitching coach for eight seasons and has been the coach of three Sacramento staffs that have been in the top three in the PCL in pitching three of the past four years.

-- Sacramento infielder Wes Bankston had a productive weekend at the plate. He went 6-12 with two homers and four RBIs. Bankston had 10 homers in 62 games for the River Cats this season.

-- Stockton 1B/OF Chris Carter is also wielding a hot bat. He has homered in each of his last three games and in four of his past six games. Over the past 10 games, Carter has a .324 average and six homers. On the season, he has 20 homers and 53 RBIs and a 902 OPS. He leads the Cal League in homers.

-- Midland outfielder Javier Herrera is back on the field after missing the first two-and-a-half months of the season with hamstring problems. He is three for his first 19 in five games with the Rockhounds.

-- A's 2008 fifth-round pick Jason Christian is off to a good start at the plate. The shortstop is batting .417 with three walks in four games for the Vancouver Canadians, who have gotten off to a 1-5 start. Ronny Morla and Carlos Hernandez have been solid in the starting rotation, but they have no wins to show for it. Morla has allowed four runs in 10 innings in two starts, striking out 10 and walking three. Hernandez allowed two runs in six innings, striking out six and walking one, in his one start.


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