Starter Tyson Ross has landed on the Stockton Ports' DL with shoulder discomfort. He missed time last season with shoulder problems, as well. Ross has a 4.40 ERA in 14.1 innings spread over three starts. Reliever Nick Walters has been activated off of Stockton's DL, taking Ross' place on the roster. Infielder Alexander Valdez, who spent the weekend with Triple-A Sacramento, has returned to Stockton, as well.
Outfielder Jeremy Barfield is heading out to Kane County from extended spring training. He began the year in extended spring thanks to a hamstring strain. It isn't yet clear what the corresponding move on the Kane County roster is going to be. First baseman/outfielder Steve Kleen could be heading to Stockton. Kleen is batting .359 with two homers in 18 games for the Cougars.
The Oakland A's are likely to be making a couple of roster moves on Wednesday. Infielders Mark Ellis, Eric Chavez and Nomar Garciaparra are all nursing injuries that could land them on the DL and first baseman Jason Giambi has been dealing with leg soreness and the A's would like to DH him more. Lefty Josh Outman has been moved back into the rotation and will pitch on Wednesday, leaving the A's a pitcher short in their already taxed bullpen. In addition, reliever Santiago Casilla left Tuesday's game with an injury, which could cause even more problems for the A's bullpen. He is day-to-day. Starter Brett Anderson is also day-to-day with a blister on his throwing hand.
Candidates to be promoted to Oakland from Triple-A Sacramento include infielders Cliff Pennington, Eric Patterson and Gregorio Petit and relievers Jeff Gray, Jerry Blevins, Chris Schroder, Kevin Cameron and Jay Marshall. The A's could also call up Gio Gonzalez to be a reliever, but Gonzalez threw 100 pitches in Sacramento's 3-2 win on Tuesday and the A's are more likely to save Gonzalez for an opening in the rotation rather than the bullpen.
Reliever Steve Sharpe has been added to the Sacramento roster. He had been with Stockton and he took Valdez's spot on the River Cats' roster. Sharpe missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007.
Corey Wimberly could be the latest A's minor leaguer to land on the DL. The utilityman left the Rockhounds' 10-2 win on Tuesday with an injured wrist. If the injury is minor, he could be in-line for a promotion to Triple-A Sacramento this week. He is batting .348 with nine stolen bases this season. Infielder Adrian Cardenas is another candidate for a promotion to Sacramento. The A's top infield prospect is batting .338 with a 947 OPS in 17 games for Midland this season.
Other News And Notes
- Eric Patterson's steal of home was the difference in the Sacramento River Cats' 3-2 win over the Las Vegas 51's. The River Cats swept the 51's. Gio Gonzalez got the win by allowing two runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings this season.
- Josh Donaldson hit his first homerun of the season in the Midland Rockhounds' 10-2 rout of Corpus Christi. Travis Banwart allowed only two unearned runs in six innings to earn the win. He is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA in four starts this season. Angel Garcia got the save with three scoreless innings.
- The Kane County Cougars suffered a rare loss on Tuesday, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Beloit Snappers. Three Cougars' errors led to three unearned runs. Shawn Haviland suffered his first loss of the season despite allowing only one earned run in six innings.
- The Stockton Ports' first winning streak of the year ended at two with a 6-0 loss to the Visalia Rawhide on Tuesday night. Scott Hodsdon got the loss by allowing four earned runs in 5.1 innings. The Ports managed only three hits.
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