Extended Spring Updates
A number of top Oakland A's prospects are rehabbing injuries at extended spring training in Phoenix. Outfielder Matt Sulentic will be leaving Phoenix on Tuesday, as he is now fully recovered from an off-season illness that delayed his arrival to spring training. Sulentic will head to Double-A Midland, according to Oakland A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman. Sulentic hit .309 for the High-A Stockton Ports last season.
Top A's 2008 draft pick Jemile Weeks is nearing the end of his rehab, as well. Weeks is expected to report to a full season affiliate by this weekend or early next week.
Outfielder and 2008 draft pick Jeremy Barfield is progressing on his rehab from a hamstring strain, according to Lieppman. Barfield is building his stamina up to be able to play nine inning games. He is likely to be sent to Low-A Kane County when he is healthy.
The news isn't as good for closer Andrew Carignan. He is still in the rehab phase, according to Lieppman, and there is no timetable for his return. He is recovering from arm soreness.
Brown, Smith Injured; Horton Recovering
Midland outfielder Corey Brown was off to a great start to his 2009 season, but he could be sidelined after injuring his knee during the Rockhounds' 9-4 loss to Springfield on Monday evening. The seriousness of the injury wasn't immediately available.
Stockton catcher Matt Smith landed on the DL on Monday with a bruised throwing hand. Smith injured the hand on Saturday night when he was hit by a foul ball. The hand is not broken, according to Lieppman, so Smith may not miss more than a week or two. Reliever Steve Sharpe has been activated from the DL in Smith's place. Sharpe had been sidelined with an oblique strain.
Midland infielder Josh Horton has been sidelined since April 16th with soreness in his right (throwing) arm. He is being rested as a precautionary measure. Midland outfielder Javier Herrera finally landed on the DL with a strained wrist. He has been out since Opening Day.
Sacramento Wins; Midland, Stockton Lose
The Sacramento River Cats evened their series with the Tacoma Rainiers after posting a 10-5 win. Jack Hannahan had a three-run homer and Chris Denorfia had a two-run blast in the win. Jeff Baisley doubled twice and drove home three runs and Cliff Pennington had three hits, scored two runs and stole a base. First-baseman Daric Barton left the game in the bottom of the second inning. He was hit by a pitch in his only at-bat.
Chad Reineke made his first start for Sacramento, allowing two runs in four innings. He allowed a homerun to Bryan LaHair. Ryan Webb relieved Reineke and he, too, allowed a homerun to LaHair. He got the win despite allowing two runs in 2.1 innings. Webb struck-out three and walked none.
The Midland Rockhounds fell to 7-4 on the season with their 9-4 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Danny Putnam hit his second homerun of the season and Gabriel Ortiz had two RBIs to lead the Rockhounds' offense. Graham Godfrey struggled once again, allowing six runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings. His ERA is 8.49 on the season.
The Stockton Ports once again wasted a well-pitched game, falling to the Modesto Nuts by a score of 3-2. The Ports were 1-11 with runners in scoring position. Toddric Johnson hit a solo homerun, his first of the seaon. Alexander Valdez also had an RBI, his first of the year. Carlos Hernandez was hung with the loss despite allowing three runs in five innings. Justin Friend, Nick Walters and Jonathan Hunton combined to toss four scoreless innings, but it wasn't enough to let the Ports comeback for the win. They are 1-11 on the season.
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