Injury News and Notes
Andrew Carignan, Henry Rodriguez, Jeremy Barfield and Jemile Weeks are beginning the 2009 season at extended spring training because they are recovering from minor injuries.
James Shull, who has missed the past three-plus seasons with arm problems, is still not 100 percent. He is back home rehabbing. Joe Dillon, who was in big league camp with the A's, is also back home rehabbing an injury.
Lance Sewell is starting the year at extended spring, but it isn't an injury-related move. He is at extended spring to work on a few changes to his very unorthodox delivery.
Pruitt Traded For Reineke
The A's made a trade on Friday night with the San Diego Padres. Outfielder J.D. Pruitt was dealt to the Padres for reliever Chad Reineke. Pruitt, a 23rd round pick of the A's in 2007, spent two seasons with Low-A Vancouver. In 40 games last season, Pruitt hit .282 with a 930 OPS. His career OBP is .470 and he has been hit a remarkable 45 times in 101 career games.
Reineke made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2008, appearing in four games (three starts). He had a 5.00 ERA in 18 innings with San Diego. In five minor league seasons, Reineke has a 3.74 ERA in 512.2 innings. He has split his time between the rotation and the bullpen. Reineke was originally a 13th round pick of the Houston Astros out of Miami University in 2004. He will begin the season with Triple-A Sacramento and turns 27 next week.
Baisley Designated For Assignment
The A's had to move a player off of their 40-man roster by noon on Sunday and that player was third baseman Jeff Baisley. Baisley was pushed down on the depth chart when the A's acquired Nomar Garciaparra and Orlando Cabrera. Jack Hannahan, the A's primary third baseman in 2008, is beginning the year in Sacramento, as are utility infielders Cliff Pennington, Gregorio Petit and Eric Patterson.
Baisley will be exposed to waivers and if he isn't claimed by another team, he is likely to be outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. Baisley hit .256 in 14 games for the A's last season and hit .298 with an 852 OPS in 81 games for Sacramento in 2008.
Like Baisley, Tagg Bozied saw his place on the A's depth chart move downwards when the team acquired veterans Garciaparra and Jason Giambi. Bozied, who spent time in the A's big league camp this spring, signed with Oakland as a minor league free agent in the off-season and was expected to be the Sacramento River Cats' primary first baseman. However, with Giambi and Garciaparra on-board, the A's have sent Daric Barton down to Sacramento to be the everyday first baseman and the A's have also placed first baseman/outfielder Sean Doolittle on the River Cats' roster. This left few at-bats for Bozied, who will likely catch on with another team. Bozied has a career .280 average and 123 homers in eight minor league seasons.
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