Conrad To Make ML Debut; Murphy DFAd

On Monday, the Oakland A's shifted their infield personnel in an attempt to jump-start their struggling offense. The A's designated infielder Donnie Murphy for assignment and promoted infielder Brooks Conrad to the major leagues. Conrad will be making his big league debut.

After dropping five straight games - three by one run - the Oakland A's have shook up their infield personnel this week by adding infielder Brooks Conrad as a replacement for the struggling Donnie Murphy. Conrad, who was signed as a minor league free agent this off-season, will be making his big league debut after seven-plus minor league seasons.

Conrad, who traveled with the A's to Japan this March after a strong spring, was leading the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats with 21 homeruns at the time of his recall. The versatile Conrad can play short, second, third and some outfield. He was a member of the Houston Astros organization for seven seasons before joining the A's this off-season. The switch-hitter has hit at least 20 homeruns in each of the past three seasons at Triple-A.

He is a career .261 hitter with 135 home runs and 587 RBI in 969 games in seven-and-a-half minor league seasons.

Murphy had struggled over the past month since being reinstated from the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a sore right (throwing) elbow. The middle infielder hit only .174 over the past month and struggled during his two-week stint as the A's starting shortstop while Bobby Crosby was on the DL. Murphy made 34 starts with the A's this year, his second season with Oakland after beginning his career with the Kansas City Royals.

If Murphy clears waivers, he will likely be sent to Triple-A Sacramento, where he spent half of the 2007 season.

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